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Blackspotted puffer
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Arothron
Species: A. nigropunctatus
Binomial name
Arothron nigropunctatus
(Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

The blackspotted puffer or blackspotted toadfish or dog-faced puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, is a pufferfish of the family Tetraodontidae, and can be found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. It reaches a maximum length of 33 cm.

It has a round shape with a head and snout which at times looks like a seal or a dog. It can come in a variety of colors, although most commonly blue. The distinctive identifying item are the black spots. It feeds on algae, corals, sponges, sea squirts, crustaceans and molluscs.

Like most puffers, blackspotted puffers are highly poisonous, making them dangerous or even deadly to eat. In order to ward off potential enemies, they can inflate their bodies by swallowing air or water.

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Arothron nigropunctatus

Taxonavigation

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Ordo: Tetraodontiformes
Familia: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Arothron
Species: Arothron nigropunctatus

Name

Arothron nigropunctatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Vernacular Name

English: Blackspotted puffer

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