Stripebelly Puffer - huehue
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.
|Juvenile Stripebelly Puffers are common in seagrass areas of estuaries and coastal bays.
- Moorea Biocode Database