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Guineafowl puffer

Arothron meleagris

Description:

This picture was taken in the Spotted Phase - the body is blackish/brown with numerous white spots. The fish transforms from the Spotted Phase to the Golden Phase, when it turns yellow/gold, with few black spots. Upto 30 centimetres in length.

Habitat:

Likes turbid waters near the shore, as well as coral & rock reefs, upto 20 metres depth. Solitary, feeds on live coral. Slow swimmer. In Eastern Pacific from Panama to Mexico.

Notes:

Skin, intestines and organs are highly toxic (neurotoxic). When threatened will inflate by drawing in water.

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Interesting picture and interesting information!

PieterHartog
Spotted by
PieterHartog

Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Feb 26, 2011
Submitted on Jan 14, 2012

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