The species, known as pufferfish, comes from the Red Sea and goes out to the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkish waters. It is poisonous. This fish shouldn’t be eaten. Some of the features of this fish are listed below;

Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin 1788)

Family Features;

It possesses two separate lateral lines. The below lateral line is found under the skin fold.

The neck of the tail is thin.

The tail fin is shaped like a crescent

There is a papilla, which is not fully developed, on both sides of the nose.

There are no scales on its back.

It can be found in every ocean.

Species Features:

It has a thin, long body when uninflated.

There are spines on the head, back of the head and back, until the tail.

Numbers of dorsal fin rays are; 11-13, anal fin rays 9-12, and pectoral fin rays 16-18.

It’s a poisonous species.

Habitat features;

Lives in the rocky areas.

Demersal. They can be find at 10 to 50 m depth (up to 100 m)


They feed on benthic invertebrates


Eggs and larvae are pelagic.


It originates from Indo-Pacific. It came from the Red Sea to Mediterranean via Suez Canal. Many pufferfish are fished in Turkish and Israeli waters.