Blackspotted Puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus)

Also known as Arothron Dalmatian Dogface Puffer, Arothron Dogface Pufferfish, Black-spotted Blowfish, Black-spotted Pufferfish, Black-spotted Toadfish, Blowfish, Brown Pufferfish, Dogface Puffer, Dogface Pufferfish, Dog-faced Puffer, Golden Dogface Puffer, Pufferfish, Pussy, Pussyfish, Pussy Pufferfish, Toadfish, Yellow Belly Dogface Pufferfish

Description

Also known as Arothron Dalmatian Dogface Puffer, Arothron Dogface Pufferfish, Black-spotted Blowfish, Black-spotted Pufferfish, Black-spotted Toadfish, Blowfish, Brown Pufferfish, Dogface Puffer, Dogface Pufferfish, Dog-faced Puffer, Golden Dogface Puffer, Pufferfish, Pussy, Pussyfish, Pussy Pufferfish, Toadfish, Yellow Belly Dogface Pufferfish.

Found singly or in pairs, resting on corals, rocks, and sponges, over crests and slopes, of inner and outer reefs, rich in coral and invertebrate growth. Colour variations.
They feed on algae, crustaceans, molluscs, sponges, and tunicates.
Length - 33cm
Depth 1-25m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

The bodies of Pufferfish are covered in a toxic mucus, if the skin or flesh is consumed it can be fatal to humans.
When threatened they will puff up like a football to deter predators. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6400

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