Spotted Sharpnose
Puffer Fish

Description of the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish

The Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish is mainly found on the Reefs off the island of Hawaii, it is a medium brown fish with white spots.

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Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish

 

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Popular Name: Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish
Species: Canthigaster jactator



Profile of the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish species.

 

  • Size: Max 5 inches

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temperature 80 F - pH 8.3 - Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons

  • Temperament: Usually peaceful if the tank has adequate volume.

  • Diet / Feeding: Most live and frozen foods

  • Habitat: Tropical & sub-tropical coastal marine waters
     

  • Behaviour: Should not be kept with Starfish, hard Corals and invertebrates
     

  • Range:  Western Indian Ocean.

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Scientific Classification of the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Canthigaster jactator

  • Popular Names: Spotted Sharpnose Puffer - Hawaiian white spotted toby - Sharpnose Pufferfish - Sharp nose Puffer fish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Tetraodontidae


Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish?


The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


I
nteresting Facts and Information - Why are Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish slimy?


Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.



Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish have gills?


Gills enable the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.


Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish have fins?

A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.
     

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Spotted Sharpnose Puffer  Fish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.

Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish

  • Interesting Information about Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish have fins?

  • Species: Canthigaster jactator

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  Facts about Spotted Sharpnose Puffer

  • Puffer fish are called 'fugu' in Japan where they are a very expensive delicacy despite being extremely poisonous

  • There are over 120 different species of puffer fish

 

 

Facts about Spotted Sharpnose Puffer

  • A single Puffer fish contains enough poison to kill 30 humans!

  • Sharks eat puffer fish; they are not affected by its poison

 


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