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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Vertebrata
 
Photo by Kang Nee
Arothron sp.
Puffer or Globe Fish
Family Tetraodontidae



This family is highly interesting owing to the unique defence mechanisms its members have evolved against potential predators.
They not only have the ability to swallow water or air and inflate themselves several times their normal size but also have poison in their skin, tissues and organs. The poison is an alkaloid nerve poison called tetrodotoxin.
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Arothron fluviatilis
Despite this, some species are highly prized as food by the Japanese (the famous "Fugu"). Almost all puffers are slow swimming fishes with powerful jaws made up of fused teeth feeding on a variety of slow moving and often hard animals.
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre