Tag: Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus)

The Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus) is a large member of the Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) family which is reasonably common in local waters.

This species can be distunguished by its large size (up to approximately 1.2m), pale grey/whitish skin with numerous small black spots above with white underbelly, dark area around the gill opening and beak-like mouth.

They are solitary by nature and most often found resting beneath large Table Corals at the shallower inshore reefs during daylight hours.

Their varied diet consists mainly of crustaceans, molluscs, sea urchins, sponges and algae.

The Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus) is a large member of the Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) family which is reasonably common in local waters.

This species can be distunguished by its large size (up to approximately 1.2m), pale grey/whitish skin with numerous small black spots above with white underbelly, dark area around the gill opening and beak-like mouth.

They are solitary by nature and most often found resting beneath large Table Corals at the shallower inshore reefs during daylight hours.

Their varied diet consists mainly of crustaceans, molluscs, sea urchins, sponges and algae.

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Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus) & Golden Trevally juvenile (Gnathanodon Speciosus)

This Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus) displayed very uncharacteristic behaviour during a dive at Aow Mao, Koh Tao.

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Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus)

A Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus) rests beneath a large Table Coral at Aow Leuk whilst enjoying the attention of a pair of