porcupinefish


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por•cu•pine•fish

(ˈpɔr kyəˌpaɪnˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
a spiny fish, Diodon hystrix, of tropical seas, capable of inflating itself when disturbed.
[1675–85]
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Noun1.porcupinefish - spines become erect when the body is inflatedporcupinefish - spines become erect when the body is inflated; worldwide in warm waters
spiny puffer - puffers having rigid or erectile spines
Diodon, genus Diodon - type genus of the Diodontidae
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Unidentified boxfish 159 Lactophrys trigonius Trunkfish Tetraodontidae, Puffers 160 Diodon hystrix Porcupinefish 161 Sphoeroides spp.
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