Recently, a "super rare" creature Leopard Toby Puffer Fish that roams in the depths of the ocean has been spotted off the coast of Australia.
About Leopard Toby Puffer Fish
- It is a deepwater reef species, which lives in deep water caves and reef slopes at an average depth of 50 to 100 meters.
- Scientific name: Canthigaster leoparda
- Appearance: It is characterized by clusters of black dots along the flanks of its pale body.
- It is also known as blowfish.
- Habitat: It is believed to have a thriving population in their deep-sea habitat.
- Puffer fish in general are known for their unique morphological appearance and features, especially their defensive mechanism of inflating and deflating.
- These small sea creatures pump water into their stomachs until they turn into the shape of a ball, larger than their normal body size, to evade predators.
- Distribution: It is usually found in the waters of the Philippines, Indonesia, Guam and Micronesia.
- Conservation status
- IUCN: Least Concern
Q1) What is IUCN?
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is a global organization dedicated to the conservation of nature and the sustainable use of natural resources. It was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Gland, Switzerland. It is a unique organization that brings together governments, NGOs, scientists, and other stakeholders to address environmental and conservation challenges.