Diodon liturosus

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Common Name
Black-Blotched Porcupine Fish
Binomial Name
Diodon liturosus
Diodon liturosus 1.jpg
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Diodontidae
Genus: Diodon
Species: liturosus


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Common Names

  • Black-Blotched Porcupine Fish



Characteristics

Description

Dark blotches bordered by white on a grey/brown body.White under body.Spines on the head and body.[1]

Similar Species

Similar to D. holocanthus.[1]

Maximum Size

45 to 65cm in the wild

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.

Behaviour

Nocturnal.Like other members of genus able to inflate it's body to deter predators.



Captive Care

Tank Size

Large tank would be required.Not normally kept in aquariums.

Water Flow

Type and amount of water flow suitable for it.

Lighting

How much lighting is required for it.

Feeding

Feeds on crustaceans and molluscs

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.

Diseases

Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.

Other

As with all puffers care must be taken as the spines can be sharp



Gallery



Compatability

Fish

Does it have any fish that it should not be housed with?

Coral

Does it have coral that it is not compatible with?

Invertebrate

Is it compatible with other invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms?



Reproduction

How it reproduces, how suitable it is to breeding or captive propagation, techniques on how to etc.



Local Ecology

Distribution

Which oceans and reefs it is found.

Habitat

Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.



Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.



Resources



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 (http://www.amonline.net.au/): Australian Museum Online, Australian Museum, Sydney, 2007, Retrieved: Jan 2009, Black-Blotched Porcupine Fish Diodon liturosus.