Image: Spiny Pufferfish palate, lower surface

Spiny Pufferfish palate, lower surface

The image shows a beautifully polished bone sent to the Australian Museum for identification in 1998 by V. Eime. It is the lower surface of a Spiny Pufferfish palate.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


The fused beak-like teeth that characterise the Spiny Pufferfishes (Family Diodontidae) have been worn away.

The bone was found on the coast of Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory.


1. Gregory, W.K. 1959. Fish Skulls. A Study of the Evolution of Natural Mechanisms. Erik Lundberg. Laurel, Florida. Pp. 481.

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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Spiny Pufferfish palate, palate, Spiny Pufferfish, Diodontidae,