The whitespotted puffer (Arothron hispidus) is a fish of the Indo-Pacific tropics covered with white spots on a greenish-brown, sometimes grey or yellowish body. The eyes and dark base of its pectoral fins are surrounded by whitish annular lines. Its abdomen is light, striped. It has a truncated tail fin and lacks pelvic fins. The fish is able to quickly inflate its body if in danger, pumping water into the tensile process of the stomach. It produces a strong toxin that accumulates in the skin and tissues of some internal organs.
It is a mostly solitary bethopelagic species. Can be found at a depth of 1 to 50 meters in lagoons, on the outer edge of a reef, between ridge areas with a sandy, rocky or bottom lightly covered with algae. It may show aggression in defending its territory. The diet contains crustaceans, echinoderms, clams, worms, as well as algae, sponges, coral and sea anemones.
Crayracion hispidus, Dilobomycter hispidus, Dilobomycterus hispidus, Tetraodon perspicillaris, Tetraodon sazanami, Tetraodon semistriatus, Tetrodon pusillus
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