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



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.


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.


How much lighting is required for it.


Feeds on crustaceans and molluscs

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


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


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




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


Does it have coral that it is not compatible with?


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


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

Local Ecology


Which oceans and reefs it is found.


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.



  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.