Long Spine Porcupine Puffer
The Burrfish, also known as the Porcupine Puffer or Diodon holocanthus, is a unique-looking fish equipped with spines resembling those of a porcupine. It also has jaws with two fused teeth and the ability to expand its body when agitated. This species is quite popular among aquarium enthusiasts due to its distinctive appearance and relative hardiness. The Porcupine Puffer mainly feeds on small invertebrates and uses its strong jaws to pry open hard-shelled invertebrates when consuming food. It thrives best in alkaline tank conditions with ample live rock crevices and hiding places. Similar to other pufferfish, the Porcupine Puffer should never be transported in a net as it can expand and become entrapped; it is recommended to use a container instead. Although this species can produce a toxin, nip on corals when underfed, and eat small invertebrates, it is not necessarily considered reef safe. It is best to keep them in a fish-only aquarium and they can be kept with multiple individuals.