White-spotted Puffer (Arothron hispidus)

Also known as Broad-barred Toadfish, Pufferfish, Stars-and-Stripes Puffer, Stars-and-Stripes Pufferfish, Stars-and-Stripes Toadfish, Stripebelly Puffer, White-spotted Blowfish, White-spotted Pufferfish

Description

Also know as Broad-barred Toadfish, Pufferfish, Stars-and-Stripes Puffer, Stars-and-Stripes Pufferfish, Stars-and-Stripes Toadfish, Stripebelly Puffer, White-spotted Blowfish, White-spotted Pufferfish.

Found singly protecting their territories over mixed coral, rocks, rubble, sand and weedy bottoms of inner reef flats and slopes in coastal bays, estuaries and lagoons rich in algae growth.
They feed on algae, corals, crustaceans, detritus, invertebrates, molluscs, sponges, tunicates and worms.
Juveniles found over weedy areas of estuaries.
Length - 48cm
Depth - 1-50m
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/5425

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 White-spotted Puffer. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

White-spotted Puffer(Juvenile)

White-spotted Puffer(Juvenile)

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1 comment

  1. Posted by Brandes
    July 31, 2009 at 02:59 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Trying to identify my puffer fish I bought 2 at walmart they are yellow with black spots .they very much resemble the figure 8 puffer but not quite.. Help needed in Houston

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