Blackspotted puffer

Arothron nigropunctatus

The blackspotted puffer, also known as the dog-faced puffer, is a tropical marine fish belonging to the family Tetraodontidae.
Blackspotted puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) Monument, Lembeh. Night dive. I think he was sleeping. Arothron nigropunctatus,Blackspotted puffer,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring

Appearance

''Arothron nigropunctatus'' is a small sized fish which grows up to 33 cm length. Its body is oval shape, spherical et relatively elongated. The skin is not covered with scales. The fish has no pelvic fin and no lateral line.The dorsal fin and the anal fin are small, symmetric and located at the end of the body. Its snout is short with two pairs of nostrils and its mouth is terminal with four strong teeth.

The background coloration is variable and can be grey, light brown, bluish, bluish dark, bright yellow, orangey yellow and also sometimes bi-color like bluish and yellow. Dark coloration occurs around the eyes and the mouth. The skin is strewed with dark blotches which vary in size and shape.
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Distribution

This species is found in tropical waters from the Indian Ocean to the central islands of the Pacific Ocean, roughly equalling the Indo-Pacific, except the Red Sea. It lives close to external reef slopes and lagoons from the surface to 25 m depth.
Blackspotted puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) Diver's Lodge House Reef, Lembeh. Arothron nigropunctatus,Blackspotted puffer,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring

Behavior

This pufferfish is diurnal, solitary and territorial.
Dogfaced Pufferfish - Arothron nigropunctatus This Dogfaced Pufferfish - Arothron nigropunctatus was seen during a night dive, it was resting on some coral rubbles. Anilao,Arothron nigropunctatus,Batangas,Blackspotted puffer,Dogfaced Pufferfish,Fish,Geotagged,Philippines,Pufferfish,Winter

Habitat

This species is found in tropical waters from the Indian Ocean to the central islands of the Pacific Ocean, roughly equalling the Indo-Pacific, except the Red Sea. It lives close to external reef slopes and lagoons from the surface to 25 m depth.
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Food

''Arothron nigropunctatus'' feeds on benthic invertebrates, sponges, algaes, coral like ''Acropora'' tips, crustaceans and mollusks.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderTetraodontiformes
FamilyTetraodontidae
GenusArothron
SpeciesA. nigropunctatus