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.
Arothron ophryas, Ovoides latifrons, Tetraodon setosus, Tetrodon meleagris, Tetrodon setosus
|Chile||Guineafowl puffer, Titeve kapovai|
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