Map Pufferfish (Arothron Mappa) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Map Pufferfish

Map Pufferfish
Map Pufferfish
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Map Pufferfish
Map Pufferfish
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Map Pufferfish
Map Pufferfish
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Map Pufferfish Arothron Mappa
Description

The Map Puffer/Pufferfish is a medium-sized Pufferfish that lives in the Indian Ocean and West Pacific, normally at depths within the ranges of recreational scuba divers (<35m.). It is often found in sheltered areas or near drop-offs. Its name comes from the markings over its body, which are similar to a maze or map. They can grow up to 65cm. in length. It is normally found swimming alone. Like all pufferfish, its defences include the ability to inflate when threatened and its toxins when ingested by predators. It normally eats sponges, algea and soft corals. 

It's also known as the scribbled Puffer/Toadfish, due to its markings.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes (Pufferfish, Triggerfish, & Filefish)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Tetraodontidae)
Genus: Arothron (Arothron)
Species: Arothron Mappa
Size
Average Size: 50 centimetres

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