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Puffer or Filefish? Who can tell?

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 12, 2013 09:00 AM
We love mimicry! Anna and Ned DeLoach bring us yet another fishy "who's who" mystery. The Mimic Filefish (Paraluteres prionurus) does a world-class impersonation of the toxic Saddle Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini), a popular aquarium fish. Can you tell who's who? We share's video ID tutorial after the jump; The video also includes footage of always-popular puffing and unpuffing action!
Puffer or Filefish?  Who can tell?

In this photo: Mimic Filefish and Saddle Valentini Puffers. But who's who?

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Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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