Tag: Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron Nigropunctatus)

The Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron Nigropunctatus) is also commonly known as the Dog-Faced or Seal-Faced Pufferfish due to its distinctive, elongated facial features. However, i've decided to use the common name derived from the scientific name for this gallery.

A reasonably small member of the Tetraodontidae family, reaching a maximum length of around 30cm, the Black-Spotted Pufferfish shares the common trait within the family of being able to inflate its body by swallowing water or air in order to appear larger to predators.

Another trait which is common to all Pufferfish is its high toxicity if eaten.

Black-Spotted Pufferfish are far less common in local waters than in other areas such as Thailand's west coast, where it is a very common species.

In addition to their distinctive facial features, this species can also be identified by the presence of small black spots over its body.

The general colouration varies from brown to blue/grey to yellow, although the blue/grey variety is most common.

Their diet consists of algae, living corals, sponges as well as small crustaceans and molluscs.

The Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron Nigropunctatus) is also commonly known as the Dog-Faced or Seal-Faced Pufferfish due to its distinctive, elongated facial features. However, i've decided to use the common name derived from the scientific name for this gallery.

A reasonably small member of the Tetraodontidae family, reaching a maximum length of around 30cm, the Black-Spotted Pufferfish shares the common trait within the family of being able to inflate its body by swallowing water or air in order to appear larger to predators.

Another trait which is common to all Pufferfish is its high toxicity if eaten.

Black-Spotted Pufferfish are far less common in local waters than in other areas such as Thailand's west coast, where it is a very common species.

In addition to their distinctive facial features, this species can also be identified by the presence of small black spots over its body.

The general colouration varies from brown to blue/grey to yellow, although the blue/grey variety is most common.

Their diet consists of algae, living corals, sponges as well as small crustaceans and molluscs.

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Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron Nigropunctatus)

A Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron Nigropunctatus) hiding under a rock at Koh Wao, Angthong Marine Park.