Arothron stellatus

Starry Puffer

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Starry Puffer

 

Description

Arothron stellatus, the star puffer or starry toadfish, is a pufferfish from the Indo-Pacific.

Relatively uncommon in patch reefs and coral slopes near sandy areas of clear lagoon and seaward reefs. Juveniles occur in sandy and weedy inner reefs, adults on clear lagoons and seaward reefs. Juveniles inshore, usually on muddy substrates and often estuarine. Adults on deep slopes and range to outer reefs, sometimes swimming high above the substrate or just below the surface. Pelagic larvae may disperse over great distance and juveniles occur in subtropical zone. Considered as the giant among puffers reaching a total length well in excess of a meter.

Geography

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa  to the Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. Southeast Atlantic: south coast of South Africa .

Djibouti, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, Red Sea, Reunion, Seychelles, South Africa (country)

Ecosystem

Considered as the giant among puffers reaching a total length well in excess of a meter. Relatively uncommon in patch reefs and coral slopes near sandy areas of clear lagoon and seaward reefs.

 

Conservation

Not Evaluated

 

Threats

Not Evaluated

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