Long-spine porcupinefish, X-ray

Long-spine porcupinefish, X-ray

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Credit: Sandra J. Raredon, National Museum of Natural History, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Long-spine porcupinefish (Diodon holocanthus). X-ray of a section through an inflated long-spine porcupinefish, showing the spines (thin, white) that surround its body. To ward off predators porcupinefish inflate their body by pumping water into their stomach. The body becomes a round rigid ball bristling with spines. When the fish is relaxed the spines lie flat against the body. This specimen measures 9 centimetres in length.

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