Reticulated Puffer (Arothron reticularis)

Also known as Pufferfish, Reticulated Blowfish, Reticulated Pufferfish, Reticulated Toadfish, Scribble Puffer, Stars-and-Stripes Toadfish, Striped Puffer, Swelltoad

Description

Also know as Pufferfish, Reticulated Blowfish, Reticulated Pufferfish, Reticulated Toadfish, Scribble Puffer, Stars-and-Stripes Toadfish, Striped Puffer, Swelltoad.

Found singly during the day laying in mud out foraging for food over mud, sand, seagrass and seaweed areas of protected bays, estuaries and mangroves.
They feed on algae and benthic invertebrates.
Juveniles found around mangroves and in streams.
Length - 45cm
Depth - 0-25m
Widespread Indo-West 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/Arothron-reticularis.html

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