Leopard Toby Puffer Fish

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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.

Source: Super Rare" Leopard Toby Puffer Fish Spotted Near Australia