The blunthead puffer, Sphoeroides pachygaster, is a pufferfish of the family Tetraodontidae, found circumglobally in tropical and temperate seas, at depths between 50 and 500 m.

The Balloonfish lives in the benthopelagic, marine, depth range 50 - 480 m , usually 50 - 250 m environment.

The balloonfish has a pelagic, or open-ocean, life stage. Spawning occurs after males slowly push females to the water surface. The eggs are spherical and buoyant, floating in the water. Hatching occurs after roughly four days. More

Balloonfish (Diodon holocanthus) click on the > to play The balloonfish, a type of porcupinefish, can inflate its body as a defense against predators. More

The balloonfish, Diodon holocanthus (Linnaeus, 1758), aka balloon porcupinefish, blotched porcupine fish, blotched porcupine, brown porcupine fish, fine-spotted porcupinefish, freckled porcupinefish, freckled porcupinefish, hedgehog fish, long-spine porcupinefish, porcupine, porcupinefish, spiny balloonfish, and spiny puffer, is known for its More

Balloonfish are nocturnal and spend most of the night hours seeking food. More


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Close up of a brown, black, and white Balloonfish (Didon holcanthus). Copyright: This image is available for non-commercial use with credit to the photographer. If you are interested in commercial use, please contact More

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The balloonfish was first described by Linnaeus in 1758. Synonyms include Diodon pilosus Mitchell 1815, Trichodiodon pilosus Mitchell 1815, Diodon multimaculatus Cuvier 1818, and Diodon maculifer Kaup 1855, among many others. More

Inflated Balloonfish (Diodon holocanthus). More

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Comment: Balloonfish are members of the pufferfish family, and many tend to be wary of divers. Their initial reaction is to do an about-face and scurry away. More

Common names

Baiacu in Portuguese (Português)
Balloonfish in English
Blunthead blaasop in English
blunthead puffer in English
Bola in Catalan (Català)
botete chato in Spanish (español)
Bottlefish in English
Cetverozupka in Croatian (Hrvatski)
Četverozupka in Serbo-Croatian (Српскохрватски)
Compère émoussé in French (français)
Glatter Kugelfisch in German (Deutsch)
Kugelfisch in German (Deutsch)
Kuglakož in Croatian (Hrvatski)
Kuglakož in Croatian (Hrvatski)
Peixe balão in Portuguese (Português)
Peixe-bola-liso in Portuguese (Português)
Peixe-sapo in Portuguese (Português)
Pesce palla in Italian (Italiano)
Puffer in English
Sapo do alto in Portuguese (Português)
slackskin blaasop in English
Smooth pufferfish in English
Sphoeroides pachygaster in French (français)
Stompkop-blaasop in Afrikaans
Tamboril de fuera in Spanish (español)
Tamboril ñato in Spanish (español)
Tétrodon à tête carrée in French (français)
Yoritofugu in Japanese (日本語)
圆鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
圓魨 in Mandarin Chinese
密沟圆鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
密溝圓魨 in Mandarin Chinese
澳洲密沟鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
澳洲密溝魨 in Mandarin Chinese
皮質密溝魨 in Mandarin Chinese
皮质密沟鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
불룩복 in Korean (한국어)

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Order : Tetraodontiformes
Family : Tetraodontidae
Genus : Sphoeroides
Species : Sphoeroides pachygaster
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