Blackspotted puffer

It has a round shape with a head and snout which at times looks like a seal or a dog.

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Original source: Picture of Black Spotted Puffer Fish, taken September 2006, Dayang, Malaysia. Photographer J.Petersen
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The Blackspotted puffer lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 3 - 25 m environment.

The Blackspotted Puffer lacks pelvic fins, but is very maneuverable, using its pectoral, dorsal, and anal fins. Instead of "teeth," it has a fused beak-like structure which it uses to crush prey. A 100 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium is suitable. More

COMMON NAMES: Blackspotted Puffer, Racoon Puffer, Blackspotted Puffer, Yellow Pufferfish; German Schwarzflecken-Kugelfisch; French Tétrodon Jaune, Poisson-ballon à Taches Noires, Poisson-ballon à Queue Jaune TRADITIONAL NAMES: ‘Ue (RR MK), ‘Ue‘ue (MG AK), Ueue (AT MT), Sue (TS TW), Yue Kawa (PK); Other Polynesian More

The blackspotted puffer or dog-faced puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, is a pufferfish of the family Tetraodontidae, and can be found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. It reaches a maximum length of 33 cm. More

Blackspotted puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus This blackspotted puffer ( Arothron nigropunctatus ) appears to have chosen an odd perch. It may have been looking for a cleaning from some gobies that were in the area. More

Blackspotted Puffer - Arothron nigropunctatus Photo Details Photographer: Kasey Canton (see this users gallery) One of the many color variations of the Blackspotted Puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) seen in Malaysia, SE Asia, This yellow phase is one of More

The Blackspotted Pufferfish needs a varied diet of meaty foods including squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It hunts at night, so it may only be seen during the night-time hours. More

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The Blackspotted Puffer is also known as the Arothron Dog Face Puffer. It changes appearance during different stages of life. While in the gray phase, it is gray with black markings around the mouth, eyes, and dorsal fin. The pectoral fins have a yellow appearance. More

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Common names

Ballon maculé in French (français)
Black spotted blow fish in English
Black spotted puffer in English
Black-spotted pufferfish in English
Blackspotted blaasop in English
Blackspotted puffer in English
Blackspotted toadfish in English
Bouletang lastic in Creole, French
Bouletang lastic in Creoles and Pidgins, French
brown puffer in English
Buntel babi in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Butiti in Tagbanwa Calamian
kalavo in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
Kokutenfugu in Japanese (日本語)
Koli in Maldivian
Koli in Tamil (தமிழ்)
lemon blaasop in English
Lesh in Austronesian (Other)
Lesh in Carolinian
Loi in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Luab ialo in Marshall
Luab ialo in Marshallese (Kajin M̧ajeļ)
Manjal-chundu in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
Phowot in Kumak
Pippuripallokala in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Pisamapallokala in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Poekote in Konkani
Poisson-ballon à queue jaune in French (français)
Poisson-ballon à taches noires in French (français)
Puffer fish in English
Reendu-koli in Mahl
Schwarzflecken-Kugelfisch in German (Deutsch)
Sortplettet kuglefisk in Danish (dansk)
Sue-lega in Samoan (gagana fa'a Samoa)
Sue-uli in Samoan (gagana fa'a Samoa)
Swartspikkel-blaasop in Afrikaans
Te buni in Gilbertese
Te buni in Kiribati
Wat in Marshall
Wat in Marshallese (Kajin M̧ajeļ)
We-et in Austronesian (Other)
We-et in Carolinian
മഞ്ഞല് ചുണ്ടു in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
മഞ്ഞള് ചുണ്ടു in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
黑斑叉鼻魨 in Mandarin Chinese
黑斑叉鼻鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
黑班魨 in Mandarin Chinese
黑班鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
흑점꺼끌복 in Korean (한국어)

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Order : Tetraodontiformes
Family : Tetraodontidae
Genus : Arothron
Species : Arothron nigropunctatus
Authority : Bloch & Schneider,1801