Bluespotted Puffer Click to enlarge image
A Bluespotted Puffer at a depth of 14m, Tak's Mooring, Ribbon Reef #3, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, February 2005. Image: Ákos Lumnitzer
© Ákos Lumnitzer

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    caeruleopunctatus
    Genus
    Arothron
    Family
    Tetraodontidae
    Order
    Tetraodontiformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    80 cm

Introduction

As its standard name would imply, the Bluespotted Puffer has blue spots on the body as well as rings around the eyes. This species is usually found in coral reef waters.

Identification

The Bluespotted Puffer can be recognised by its colouration. It is yellow or brown dorsally and pale below. There are numerous small dark-edged blue spots on the body and median fins. The eyes are surrounded by blue and brown rings.

Habitat

It is usually found in coral reef waters.

Distribution

This species occurs in coral reef waters of the Indo-West Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the Coral Sea, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.



References

  1. Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawai’i Press. Pp. 584.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.