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Striped Puffer

Arothron manilensis

Description:

Also known as Manila Pufferfish, Narrow-lined Puffer, Narrow-lined Toadfish, Narrow-lined Burrfish and Narrow-striped Pufferfish. They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and molluscs, and grow to a length of about 30cm.

Habitat:

Found singly or in pairs on coastal mud and sand flats, slopes and seagrass, at depths of 1 to 25m. Widespread in the Western Pacific.

Notes:

I see these puffers at this dive site (Dayang Beach) all the time. They're as common as the birdbeak burrfish (Cyclichthys orbicularis). I have never observed this particular puffer puff up before. I think all it does when it's harassed or agitated is to fan out their tails.

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