Black Spotted Puffer
Dauin, Oct 2012.
To 33 cm (13 in.). It has a round shape with a head and snout which at times looks like a seal or a dog. Highly variable in colors: grey, yellow and black spots. Consistent markings include black lips, black pectoral fin base and a few scattered black spots. Like most puffers, blackspotted puffers are highly poisonous, making them dangerous or even deadly to eat. In order to ward off potential enemies, they can inflate their bodies by swallowing air or water.
Solitary. It feeds on algae, corals, sponges, sea squirts, crustaceans and molluscs. Is found in coral rich areas of lagoons to seaward reefs in 3-25 m. Indo pacific.
Notes: the pic was made in Apo Island
The blackspotted puffer, also known as the dog-faced puffer, is a tropical marine fish belonging to the family Tetraodontidae.