How Much Does a Puffer Fish Cost?

A puffer fish, also known as blowfish, is believed to be the second most poisonous vertebrates in the world next to the golden poison frog.  The puffer fish developed the ability to inflate many times its size using water and air in order to avert predators since they are typically slow moving fish.

When the puffer fish inflates, there are many spines surrounding it, making it inedible for other fish.  The puffer fish contains tetrodotoxin that is 1,200 times more fatal than cyanide.  In fact, a single puffer fish contains enough poison to kill 30 human beings, and unfortunately, there has been no known antidote for it yet.  Despite this fact, however, many people still seem to be fascinated with this species.  In Japan, the meat, known as fugu, is an expensive delicacy.  Other people also find the fish lovable enough to be a pet.

Puffer w/o spines? baby parrot fish? loo by wbaiv, on Flickr
Puffer w/o spines? baby parrot fish? loo” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  wbaiv

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SpeciesCost Range
Freshwater Dwarf Puffer$2
Green Spotted Puffer Fish$6
Figure Eight Puffer Fish$10
True Red Eye Puffer Fish$10
Twin Spotted Puffer$13
Arrowhead Puffer$65

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