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Family Diodontidae


Leis, JM, Family Diodontidae, Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, PC Heemstra, E Heemstra, DA Ebert, W Holleman and JE Randall (ed), South Africa, pp. 474-480. ISBN 9781990951275 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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Body globular and highly inflatable by swallowing water or air to deter predators; scales modified into large sharp spines with large subdermal bases; teeth fused into single beak-like plate in each jaw; jaws without median suture. Dorsal fin and anal fin more or less rounded and set far back on body; no pelvic fins; no fin spines. Gill opening a small vertical slit immediately before pectoral-fin base. Lateral line inconspicuous. Vertebrae 18–23.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:fish identification, Diodontidae, porcupinefish, Western Indian Ocean
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Leis, JM (Dr Jeff Leis)
ID Code:154520
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-12-08
Last Modified:2022-12-12

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