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Stripebelly puffer

Arothron hispidus

Description:

Grayish/green with white spots, small beak like mouth, with eyes high on the head. Dark & white rings around the base of the pectoral fin. Upto max 48 centimetres.

Habitat:

On coral & rock reefs & slopes. From 6 to at least 40 metres depth. Solitary, feeds day & night on algae and invertebrates, including seastars. In Eastern Pacific found from Baja California to Panama

Notes:

Skin, intestines and organs contain highly toxic tetraodotoxin - a very potent neurotoxin, which is produced by a bacterium. When threatened inflates by drawing in water.

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PieterHartog
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PieterHartog

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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

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