Checkered puffer

Sphoeroides testudineus

Checkered puffer

Sphoeroides testudineus
Least Concern
Sphoeroides testudineus

Characteristics and Behavior:

The checkered pufferfish is a small to medium-sized fish with a distinct checkered or hexagonal pattern on its body. They have a round, laterally compressed body, and when threatened, they can inflate their bodies by taking in water or air to deter potential predators. Checkered pufferfish are known for their playful and curious behavior, often seen hovering near the seabed or swimming in midwater.



Fun Facts:

  1. Toxic Defense Mechanism: Like other pufferfish species, the Checkered Puffer contains a potent toxin called tetrodotoxin, primarily in its internal organs. This toxin is a defense mechanism, deterring potential predators from consuming them.
  2. Changing Colors: Checkered Pufferfish are capable of changing their coloration and pattern to some extent, often displaying darker or lighter hues depending on their mood, surroundings, or activity.
  3. Excellent Swimmers: Despite their comical appearance, Checkered Pufferfish are agile swimmers and can move swiftly when necessary. They use their strong pectoral fins for propulsion.

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