Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron nigropunctatus) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Black-Spotted Pufferfish

(Arothron nigropunctatus) Black-Spotted Pufferfish/Toadfish, or Dog-Faced Pufferfish live in depths as shallow as three metres and as deep as 25 metres in tropical and sub-tropical seas of the Indo-Pacific region. They feed mainly on live corals. Like their name suggests, they can inflate (puff up) when they feel threatened. They do this by swallowing the sea water around them.

Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron nigropunctatus) in Indonesia
(Arothron nigropunctatus) Black-Spotted Pufferfish at Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Black-Spotted Pufferfish
A Black-Spotted Pufferfish in Thailand
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Black-Spotted Pufferfish
A Black-Spotted Pufferfish in Indonesia
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Black Spotted Toadfish
Black-Spotted Pufferfish/Toadfish
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Black-Spotted Pufferfish Arothron nigropunctatus
Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Tetraodontiformes (Pufferfish, Triggerfish, & Filefish)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Tetraodontidae)
Genus: Arothron (Arothron)
Species: Arothron nigropunctatus
Average Size: 30 centimetres

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