Map Puffer (Arothron mappa)

Also known as Arothron Puffer, Blowfish, Map Pufferfish, Mappa Pufferfish, Pufferfish, Scribbled Arothron Puffer, Scribbled Puffer, Scribbled Pufferfish, Scribbled Toadfish, Toadfish

Description

Also known as Arothron Puffer, Blowfish, Map Pufferfish, Mappa Pufferfish, Pufferfish, Scribbled Arothron Puffer, Scribbled Puffer, Scribbled Pufferfish,
Scribbled Toadfish, Toadfish.

Found singly close to shelter over deep drop-offs in clear water lagoons and sheltered reefs.
They feed nocturnally on algae, benthic invertebrates and sponges.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 4-30m
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.in/summary/7857

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