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Pufferfish

Pufferfish

Globefish, or Pufferfish, a short, sluggish fish found in warm seas throughout the world. When disturbed, globefish engulf air or water into a special, inflatable part of the stomach. The balloon shape of a fully swollen fish apparently discourages attackers. The skin of most globefish is prickly; the liver, gonads, and blood are highly poisonous. The teeth are fused together to form a sort of beak. Globefish feed on crabs and mollusks.

There are several species of globefish. The northern pufferfish, common in western Atlantic waters, is about 12 inches (30 cm) long. The fugu, found in the Pacific, is about 10 inches (25 cm) long. In Japan, detoxified fugu is eaten as a delicacy.Globefish make up the family Tetraodontidae. The northern pufferfish is Sphoeroides maculatus. The fugu is S. rubripes.

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