White-Spotted Puffer

white-spotted puffer

A white-spotted puffer (Arothron hispidus). Photographed on a shallow coral reef off the coast of Mbudya Island in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This ornate pufferfish can reach up to 50 cm (19.6″) in length. They inhabit a wide range of habitats including mangrove swamps, seagrass beds and reef flats. Juveniles are common in weedy areas of estuaries.

They are usually solitary and territorial on sandy to rubble areas. White-spotted puffer feed on fleshy calcareous, or coralline algae, detritus, mollusks, tunicates, sponges, corals, zoanthid anemones, crabs, tube worms and echinoderms.


Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Arothron
Species:A. hispidus