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Valentinni's Sharpnose
Puffer Fish

Description of the Valentinni's Puffer Fish

The Valentinni's sharpnose puffer is a small white skinned puffer or toby with brown-orange stripes and spots and a yellow tail, like many other puffer fishes it is poisonous.

Popular Name: Valentinni's sharpnose puffer
Species: Canthigaster Valentini

 

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Valentinni's Puffer Fish

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Profile of the Valentinni's Puffer Fish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Valentinni's Puffer Fish species.

 

  • Size: Max 5 inches

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

  • Temperament: Generally non aggressive in a tank of adequate size

  • 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: Indo-West Pacific

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Scientific Classification of the Valentinni's 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 Valentini

  • Popular Names: Valentinni's sharpnose puffer fish - Saddled Puffer - Saddled Toby - Valentini Pufferfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Tetraodontidae


Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Valentinni's 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 Valentinni's Puffer Fish slimy?


Valentinni's Puffer Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Valentinni's 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 Valentinni's Puffer Fish have gills?


Gills enable the Valentinni's 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 Valentinni's 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 Valentinni's Puffer Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.
     

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

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

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

Valentinni's Puffer Fish

  • Interesting Information about Valentinni's Puffer Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Valentinni's Puffer Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Valentinni's Puffer Fish have gills?

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

  • Species: Canthigaster Valentini

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  Facts about Valentinn 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 Valentinn 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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