Friday, August 1, 2008

Stripebelly Puffer

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Stripebelly Puffer - huehue
(Arothron hispidus)

Stripebelly Puffer - Arothron hispidus
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Puffers get there name from their ability to fill their stomachs with water to appear bigger than are when threatened.

Indo-Pacific : Red Sea and East Africa 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.

Inhabit outer reef slopes to depths of at least 150 ft, as well as reef flats and lagoons. Usually solitary and territorial on sandy to rubble areas.

Stripebelly Puffers feed on coralline algae, detritus, mollusks, tunicates, sponges, corals, anemones, crabs, tube worms and echinoderms.

Quick Fact
Juvenile Stripebelly Puffers are common in seagrass areas of estuaries and coastal bays.

Learn More
- Wikipedia

- Moorea Biocode Database

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