About Guineafowl puffer

The guineafowl puffer (Arothron meleagris) is an interesting reef dweller. Its body is dark brown with small white spots. Some individuals are uniformly yellow or black. The color changes depending on age. The fish lacks pelvic fins. Its distinguishing feature is small denticles covering the body. When guineafowl puffers are scared or threatened, they swallow water and inflate their body, exposing the denticles.
This species is found at depths up to 73 metres, usually above 25 metres. It lives in clear lagoons, over marine reefs. Guineafowl puffers are solitary. They feed on corals, sponges, molluscs, crustaceans, algae, ascidium, detritus. Males build nests in the sand creating unusual circular patterns.

Additional info

Salinity Marine
Depth From 1 to 73 meters
Length 50 cm
Red List Least concern
Threat to Human Poisonous

Known names


Arothron ophryas, Ovoides latifrons, Tetraodon setosus, Tetrodon meleagris, Tetrodon setosus

Local names
Chile Guineafowl puffer, Titeve kapovai

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