Guineafowl Pufferfish

January 18, 2013 by · Comments Off on Guineafowl Pufferfish 

Guineafowl Pufferfish, This sizable puffer is known as the Guineafowl Pufferfish (Arothron meleagris). They reach lengths of 20 inches and are sometimes found in the aquarium trade because of their personalities. “Intelligent and curious, they quickly learn to interact with their owners through the glass. Their comical hovering movements, intriguing patterns, and expressive eyes appeal to many people, but most are not able to house them properly. These are big fish that require a sizeable commitment in terms of tank size, filtration equipment, and salt for frequent water changes-all for a fish unsuited to most community setups. (more)“

Like all pufferfish, the Guineafowl Puffer can inflate itself by sucking in water, turning itself into a veritable spiky sphere of doom that is [almost] impossible to swallow.

While I do see how predators would be deterred from the puffer’s inflated self, looking at the picture below makes me think that this face alone might get the job done.