- Maker: unknown
- Date: unknown
- Location: Ghent, Belgium
- Scientific name: Diodon holocanthus
- Collection: Zoology
What is a study skin?
A study skin is the prepared skin of an animal, after all the flesh, bones and organs have been removed. A taxidermist fills the skin with durable fillers, and may choose to imitate the original shape of the animal.
What does this specimen show?
This specimen shows a porcupinefish. Porcupinefish can make themselves swell up by sucking in water. That makes them more difficult to grab and swallow. When they do this, they also stick out their spines. The taxidermist has chosen to imitate the porcupinefish in its swollen state.