Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Tetraodontiformes > Diodontidae > Diodon > Diodon holocanthus

Diodon holocanthus (Ajargo; Balloon porcupinefish; Balloonfish; Baloon pufferfish; Baloonfish; Bloched porcupine fish; Blotched porcupine; Brown porcupine fish; Fine-spotted porcupinefish; Freckled porcupinefish; Hedgehog fish; Longspine porcupinefish; Long-spine porcupinefish; Long-spined porcupine fish; Porcupine; Porcupinefish; Spiny balloonfish; Spiny porcupinefish; Spiny puffer; Spiny pufferfish; Porcupine fish; Longspined porcupinefish; Burrfish; Ballonfish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Diodon holocanthus, known commonly as the longspined porcupinefish or freckled porcupinefish among other vernacular names, is a species of marine fish in the family Diodontidae.
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Water Biome [1]  Reef, Coastal

Protected Areas


Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Diodon hystrix (Ajargo)3
Pseudobalistes naufragium (Stone triggerfish)3
Sufflamen verres (brown triggerfish)3



Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Circumtropical in distribution. Western Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951), Florida, USA and the Bahamas to Brazil (Ref. 7251). Eastern Atlantic: 30°N to 23°S (Ref. 6951); also South Africa (Ref. 4423). Western Indian Ocean: southern Red Sea to Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius (Ref. 53568). Pacific Ocean: southern Japan south to Lord Howe Island and east to the Hawaiian and Easter islands (Ref. 37816). Also from southern California, USA to Colombia (Ref. 11482) and the Galapagos Islands (Ref. 5227).;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Clownfish and their Host Anemones ;; NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
4Food-Web Structure and Dynamics of Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs: Panamá and Galápagos Islands, Peter W. Glynn, Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs, eds. Tim R. McClanahan & George M. Branch, p. 185-208 (2008)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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