Figure 8 Pufferfish
We have a small group of figure 8 pufferfish.
Location in the Zoo
They can be found in the tanks at the front of our Brilliant Birds exhibit.
In the Wild
Figure 8 pufferfish (Tetraodon biocellatus) live in south-east Asia; Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. They are found in tropical, fresh waters of 22-26°C (72-79°F). They are also known as the eyespot pufferfish. They are named for the ‘figure eight’ or eyespot markings on their back.
Both sexes have the same colouring. They can grow up to 8cm (3in). Females may grow larger than the males.
They eat molluscs, crustaceans and worms. To do this they have a specially adapted beak to break through hard shelled prey. The beak is made of two teeth fused together on each jaw. The beak grows continuously so must be ground down regularly.
When stressed or frightened they can inflate themselves with water or air and they are one of a few fish that can blink.