Silver-cheeked Toadfish Found in the North of Tunisia

17.02.2014

Though the name of the fish sounds not so bad, it is very dangerous indeed. That's why officials of Tunisia, a country with tourism based economy, are extremely concearned about safety on the beaches. Silver-cheeked toadfish got its name because of front teeth growing together. It belongs to Tetraodontidae family, as well as a world-famous Fugu fish, and it's exetremely poisonous. Its integument and prickles contain neurotoxin tetrodotoxin.

Silver-cheeked toadfish got its name because of front teeth growing together

If too much poison gets in the blood of a man, who for example stepped on a fish, he suffers from severe pain and then goes into convulsions followed by lethal outcome. Officials ask to province's fishermen to inform local authorities in case of hooking dangerous fish again. Specialists suppose that silver-cheeked toadfish could get to Tunisian shores from the Indian ocean through the Suez Canal.