spiny puffer


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Related to spiny puffer: porcupine fish
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Noun1.spiny puffer - puffers having rigid or erectile spines
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
Diodon hystrix, porcupine fish, porcupinefish - spines become erect when the body is inflated; worldwide in warm waters
balloonfish, Diodon holocanthus - similar to but smaller than porcupinefish
burrfish - any of several fishes having rigid flattened spines
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Profiles of individual fish species appear throughout the text and bring to light many varieties that possess unusual characteristics for adapting to their environment, for example, the spiny puffer fish gulps so much water that it becomes too big for its predators to eat.
Within the teleost order Tetraodontiformes, the bizarre ability to inflate the body is seen in all members of the families Tetraodontidae (puffers and sharp-nosed puffers) and Diodontidae (spiny puffers).