Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Tetraodontiformes > Tetraodontidae > Arothron > Arothron hispidus

Arothron hispidus (poison puffer; White-spotted puffer; Whitespotted puffer; Whitespotted blaasop; White spotted blow fish; Stripebelly puffer; Stars-and-stripes pufferfish; Stars and stripes puffer; Pufferfish; Broadbarred toadfish)

Synonyms: Arothon hispidus; Arothron hispidus perspicillaris; Crayracion hispidus; Dilobomycterus hispidus; Takifugu hispidus; Tetraodon hispidus; Tetraodon perspicillaris; Tetraodon sazanami; Tetraodon semistriatus; Tetrodon hispidus; Tetrodon laterna; Tetrodon pusillus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The white-spotted puffer (Arothron hispidus) is a medium to large-sized puffer fish, it can reach 50 cm length. It is light grey in color, or greyish or yellowish, and clearly covered with more or less regular white points, that become concentric contrasting white and dark grey lines that radiate around the eyes and pectoral fins. The ventral part is white. The "shoulder" (around the pectoral fins) is dark. It also has concentric contrasting white and dark grey lines that radiate around the eyes and pectoral fins. \n* \n* \n* \n*
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia


Prey / Diet

Acanthaster planci (crown-of-thorns starfish)[1]
Millepora intricata[2]
Pachygrapsus transversus (mottled shore crab)[3]
Pavona chiriquiensis (Leaf coral)[2]
Pavona clavus (Leaf coral)[2]
Pavona gigantea (Leaf coral)[2]
Pavona varians (Leaf coral)[2]
Pocillopora damicornis (Brush coral)[2]
Pocillopora elegans (Cauliflower coral)[2]
Pocillopora grandis (Coral)[2]
Porites lobata (Finger coral)[2]
Psammocora stellata[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aluterus scriptus (unicornfish)3
Arothron meleagris (Whitespotted pufferfish)10
Balistes polylepis (Finescale triggerfish)1
Cantherhines dumerilii (Barred filefish)3
Chaetodon aureofasciatus (goldstriped butterflyfish)2
Chaetodon baronessa (Baroness butterflyfish)1
Chaetodon citrinellus (Midas cichlid)1
Chaetodon humeralis (muneca)3
Chaetodon kleinii (Blacklip butterflyfish)1
Chaetodon plebeius (blueblotched butterflyfish)1
Chaetodon rainfordi (Northern butterflyfish)2
Chaetodon ulietensis (Doublesaddle butterflyfish)1
Diodon hystrix (Ajargo)1
Diproctacanthus xanthurus (Yellow-tail wrasse)1
Holacanthus passer (whitestripe angelfish)3
Johnrandallia nigrirostris (Black-nosed butterflyfish)3
Labrichthys unilineatus (Tube-mouth wrasse)1
Lutjanus griseus (Snapper)1
Pomacanthus zonipectus (Cortez angelfish)3
Pseudobalistes naufragium (Stone triggerfish)1
Scarus perrico (perrico)3
Scarus rubroviolaceus (Redlipped parrot)3
Stegastes acapulcoensis (Acapulco major)4


Parasitized by 
Bianium plicitum[1]
Dichelyne laticeps <Unverified Name>[4]
Diploproctodaeum arothroni[5]
Gnathia grutterae[4]
Haemogregarina tetraodontis <Unverified Name>[4]
Haliotrema obesa <Unverified Name>[4]
Haliotrema obesum[1]
Lintonium consors[4]
Lintonium pulchrum[4]
Lobatocreadium magnum[5]
Paracardicola hawaiensis <Unverified Name>[5]
Pleorchis oligorchis <Unverified Name>[4]
Trigonocryptus conus[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Burger's Zoo
Dierenpark Emmen
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Racine Zoological Gardens
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Staten Island Zoo
Thuringer Zoopark Erfurt
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Ctr
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr
West Edmonton Mall Marine Life Center
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park Ltd


Agulhas Current; Arabian Sea; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Southeast; Australia; Calamianes Islands; Cambodia; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Costa Rica; East Central Australian Shelf; Ecuador; El Salvador; Erhjen River; Fiji Islands; French Polynesia; Galapagos Islands; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Guatemala; Gulf of Aqaba; Gulf of Oman; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; Hsiao-liu-chiu; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific : Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 4919) to Panama, north to southern Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to Lord Howe and Rapa islands. Eastern Pacific: Baja California and the Gulf of California to Panama (Ref. 9349, 11482).; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Japan; Jordan; Kaoping River; Kimbe Bay; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; Laguna del Mar Muerto; Lingayen Gulf; Lord Howe Island; Lutao Island; Madagascar; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Nicaragua; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast Australian Shelf; Ogasawara Islands; Oman; Ormoc Bay; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Peng-hu Island; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Ragay Gulf; Red Sea; Ruerhmen River; Réunion; Samar Sea; Samoa; San Miguel Bay; Seychelles; Shihtsao River; Shiliao River; Solomon Islands; South Africa; South China Sea; Spratly Islands; Sri Lanka; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Thailand; Tonga; Tsengwen River; Tubbataha Reefs; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Yellow Sea;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Food-Web Structure and Dynamics of Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs: Panamá and Galápagos Islands, Peter W. Glynn, Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs, eds. Tim R. McClanahan & George M. Branch, p. 185-208 (2008)
3A test of the Menge-Sutherland model of community organization in a tropical rocky intertidal food web, Bruce A. Menge, Jane Lubchenco, Stephen D. Gaines, Linda R. Ashkenas, Oecologia (Berlin) (1986) 71: 75-89
4Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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