Fast Facts: Threebar Porcupinefish

  • Has a rounded body that is covered with spines. The spines on the back are blade-like and fixed in position, but those on the belly and head can be raised;
  • Has a very broad head, with eyes positioned laterally;
  • The teeth are fused to form a single plate in both jaws;
  • Is green to blue-grey above and white below;
  • The body is covered with small black spots;
  • Is found on coastal and offshore reefs, often in rocky areas;
  • Porcupinefishes in general feed on invertebrates;
  • The flesh is reported to be poisonous but the spines are not toxic; and
  • Is endemic to Australia. 


Published by Karina Teuma Karina Teuma is a Passionate Marine Biology Enthusiast, Environmentalist, Snorkeller, Freediver, Scuba Diver and more.

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