Leopard Toby Puffer Fish:
The Leopard Toby Puffer Fish, that roams in the depths of the ocean, has been spotted off the coast of Australia.
- Leopard Toby Puffer Fishis a deepwater reef species that lives in deep water caves and reef slopes at an average depth of 50 to 100 meters.
- Scientific name: Canthigaster leoparda
- It is characterised by clusters of black dots along the flanks of its pale body.
- It is also known as blowfish.
- It is believed to have a thriving population in its 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.
- It is usually found in the waters of the Philippines, Indonesia, Guam, and Micronesia.
- Conservation status
- IUCN: Least Concern