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- proper n. A taxonomic family within the order Tetraodontiformes — a family of fish, such as the pufferfish.
Tetraodontidae which is a family of primarily marine and estuarine fish.
The skin and certain internal organs of many Tetraodontidae contain a neurotoxin known as Tetrodotoxin which is highly toxic to humans.
What it is: One of a family of marine or estuarine fish known as Tetraodontidae whichincludesmany familiar species variously called puffers, puffer fish, balloonfish, blowfish, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish and toadfish.
Sure, they seem like the cutest of the Tetraodontidae, you wanta just take one and pinch it, but get it mad and it's the size of Christian Bale's ego.
The discovery of pufferfish remains made me wonder; maybe it was badly cut Tetraodontidae sushi that killed Hideyoshi?
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