Guineafowl Puffer (Juvenile) (Arothron meleagris)

Also known as Arothron Pufferfish, Blowfish, Golden Puffer, Golden Pufferfish, Guineafowl Pufferfish, Pufferfish, Spotted Puffer, Spotted Pufferfish, Toadfish, White-spotted Balloon, White-spotted Balloonfish, White-Spotted Puffer, White-Spotted Pufferfish, Velcrofish, Yellow Dog-faced Puffer

Description

Also known as Arothron Pufferfish, Blowfish, Golden Puffer, Golden Pufferfish, Guineafowl Pufferfish, Pufferfish, Spotted Puffer, Spotted Pufferfish, Toadfish, White-spotted Balloon, White-spotted Balloonfish, White-Spotted Puffer, White-Spotted Pufferfish, Velcrofish, Yellow Dog-faced Puffer.

Found singly over clear lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on algae, coral tips, detritus a wide range of invertebrates and sponges.
Colour variation, usually black with white spots, but can go through a yellow phase with black spots.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 0-70m
Widespread Eastern Pacific, 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/6401

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Guineafowl Puffer (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Guineafowl Puffer

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