How do puffer fish puff up?


Puffer Fish:

  • The scientific name of puffer fish is “tetraodontidae”.
  • Puffer Fish belongs to the phylum Chordata and class actinopterygii.
  • Puffer Fish are mostly known to live in marine water or brackish water. However, some can also be found in fresh water [Brackish water stands for a type of water that is more salty than natural water, yet less salty than any seawater].
  • Puffer Fish are known to be omnivorous in nature.
  • They mostly depend on algae and small invertebrates. However, when there is no source of this food, they can be purely vegetarian.
  • Puffer Fish are found in tropical region with a less amount of them found in temperate zone.
  • Puffer Fish are basically small marine animal, however, some of them can be of length greater than 50 cm that is equal to 20 inches.

How do Puffer Fish puff up?

  • Puffer fish has a very great unique skill to save itself from its predators.
  • Puffer fish are known to have very clumsy and slow swimming skills.
  • When faced with the danger of any predator, puffer fish has this ability to fill up its stomach with excess air or water so that it can get a big round shape.
  • This puffer up fish is very difficult to eat, even when any predator has already taken it in its mouth, puffing up of puffer fish can cause the predator to get choked and die.
  • Puffer Fish can puff up its stomach with air or water because the lining of stomach of puffer fish is elastic in nature and are present in multiple folds when in normal size.

Fun Facts:

  1. Puffer Fish are toxic in nature except few species. They can kill human if eaten without any proper care.
  2. Puffer Fish are found to have a great eyesight.
  3. The poisonous substance found in Puffer Fish called as tetrodotoxin can cause multiple heath issues even when consumed in small amount such as dizziness, tingling of full body, change in blood pressure, rapid heart rate, etc.

Related Questions:

  1. How can we eat puffer fish?
  2. What parts of puffer fish contains poison?
  3. Who are the predators of puffer fish?

True or False:

  1. Puffer Fish belongs to the aquatic animals.
  2. Puffer Fish is a type of vertebrate animal.
  3. Puffer fish is said to be carnivorous.
  4. Puffer fish swims very fast.
  5. The scientific name of puffer Fish is tetraodontidae.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Puffer Fish belongs to the phylum ______.
    1. Vertebrates.
    2. Invertebrates.
    3. Unvertebrates.
    4. None of the above.
  2. Puffer Fish swims ________.
    1. Very slow.
    2. Clumsily.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  3. Puffer Fish are known to be __________.
    1. Carnivorous.
    2. Herbivorous.
    3. Omnivorous.
    4. None of the above.
  4. The stomach of puffer Fish has ________.
    1. Ability to stretch after filled with air or water.
    2. To maintain its size with no changes under any condition.
    3. Expansion of just minimal length.
    4. None of the above.
  5. Puffer Fish can cause its predator to _______.
    1. Choke and die.
    2. Choke and do vomit.
    3. Just vomit.
    4. None of the above.

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