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(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.
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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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In 1972, I saw bigeyefish, damselfish, doctorfish, filefish, goatfish, gobies, hogfish, lemon butterflyfish, lizardfish, parrottfish, porcupinefish, pufferfish, queen angelfish, rock beauties, sergeant majors, soldierfish, spot-tail butterflyfish, Spanish hogfish, squirrelfish, tangs, trunkfish, and bluehead or yellowhead wrasses.
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The other shark species caught had nearly empty stomachs with only the presence of the bait or quite digested items such as vertebrae, eyes and scales from teleost fish and squid beaks, with the exception of 1 great hammerhead, which had two specimens of snapper fish (Lutjanidae) its stomach; and the largest tiger shark (346.0 cm TL), which had a total of 17.2 kg of prey in its stomach, of which it was possible to identify a French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru), an olive sea turtle (Lepitochelys oliviacea), a porcupinefish (Diodon sp.) and squid beaks.
Unidentified boxfish 159 Lactophrys trigonius Trunkfish Tetraodontidae, Puffers 160 Diodon hystrix Porcupinefish 161 Sphoeroides spp.