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White-spotted puffer, or Stripebelly puffer

Arothron hispidus


A medium sized puffer fish, light grey in color with small white spots. It also has concentric contrasting white and dark grey lines that radiate around the eyes and pectoral fins. (wikipedia) Can grow to 19 inches long.


Depth range: (3–35) metres Habitat: Reefs, lagoons, estuaries, tidal pools. Common in sandy or rocky areas at any depth where it feeds upon buried invertebrates. (wikipedia) Hawai‘i, the Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.


***Kahaluu Beach Park is a tiny sheltered cove on the west side of the Big Island right in the town of Kailua Kona. It’s one of only a handful of beaches in Hawaii with such a large tame fish population. *** Hawaiian name - ‘o‘opu hue

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SargonR 7 years ago
Stripebelly Puffer
Arothron hispidus Family Tetraodontidae, Puffers

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1 Comment

SargonR 7 years ago

Nice pic, this is actually a stripebelly puffer, the whitespotted puffer is spotted all the way around. See my reference above. They are two different species.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2008
Submitted on Aug 31, 2012

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