Also known as Pufferfishes, Red Sea Pufferfish, Masked Pufferfish, Masked Dogfish, Masked Pussy Pufferfish and Panda Pufferfish.
Found singly on inner and outer reefs slopes and crests. Often found with sponges.
The colour varies from place to place.
They feed on algae, corals, sponges, sea squirts, crustaceans and mollusc's.
Length - 30cm
Widespread Western Indian Ocean
Very closely related to the Indo-Pacific Arothron nigropunctatus
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.