White-spotted Puffer Arothron hispidus

White-spotted Puffer
White-spotted Puffer
The White-spotted Puffer is native to reefs, lagoons and estuaries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, including the eastern Pacific. (Another fish has the name of White-spotted Pufferfish, Torquigener albomaculosus, an amazing fish which draws artistic "crop circles" in the sand as a nest for eggs.)
White-spotted Puffer
White-spotted Puffer
White-spotted Puffer
It is grey with white spots and a white underside and yellow fins. It grows to 50cm long. It eats fish, crustaceans, starfish, urchins, algae, coral and most small invertebrates.
White-spotted Puffer
White-spotted Puffer
White-spotted Puffer
Like all puffers, it can inflate its body like a ball to discourage predators. It also has a deadly toxin if eaten. It is solitary, mainly nocturnal and territorially aggressive.