Fugu - Balloon fish
There many species of Balloon fish (around 200 species) but this one is very famous because belong to the Tetraodontidae, in this case the Takifugu family, famous as a delicacy in Japan.
Fugu can be lethally poisonous to humans due to its tetrodotoxin, meaning it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat. The preparation of fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan and several other countries, and only chefs who have qualified after three or more years of rigorous training are allowed to prepare the fish. Fugu is served as sashimi and nabemono. The liver was served as a traditional dish named fugu-kimo, being widely thought to be a tasty part, but it is also the most poisonous, and serving this organ in restaurants was banned in Japan in 1984. Fugu has become one of the most celebrated dishes in Japanese cuisine.
This specimen was caught in Mindanao – Philippines and dried locally. Mounted in a black iron base.