or Globe Fish
This family is highly interesting owing to the unique defence mechanisms
its members have evolved against potential predators.
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.
|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.