Whitebelly Toby (Canthigaster bennetti)

Also known as Bennett's Puffer, Bennett's Pufferfish, Bennett's Sharpnose Puffer, Bennett's Sharpnose Pufferfish, Bennett's Toby, Brownback Toby, Exquisite Toby, Pinkspot Puffer, Pinkspot Pufferfish, Pink-spotted Sharpnose Pufferfish, Pufferfish, Roseband Puffer, Roseband Pufferfish, Roseband Sharpnose Puffer, Roseband Toby

Description

Also known as Bennett's Puffer, Bennett's Pufferfish, Bennett's Sharpnose Puffer, Bennett's Sharpnose Pufferfish, Bennett's Toby, Brownback Toby, Exquisite Toby, Pinkspot Puffer, Pinkspot Pufferfish, Pink-spotted Sharpnose Pufferfish, Pufferfish, Roseband Puffer, Roseband Pufferfish, Roseband Sharpnose Puffer, Roseband Toby.

Found singly or in small schools over rubble areas of silty shallow inner reef flats and sheltered lagoons rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 9cm
Depth - 1-15m
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/6541

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