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