Spiny Pufferfish palate

The images show a beautifully polished bone sent to the Australian Museum for identification in 1998 by V. Eime.

Spiny Pufferfish palate, top surface

Spiny Pufferfish palate, top surface
Photographer: Carl Bento © Australian Museum

The bone is the palate of a Spiny Pufferfish. 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.

Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Spiny Pufferfish, palate, Diodontidae,