Distribution: from Eastern Africa to Southern Japan, Easter Island and Lord Howe. In the Eastern Pacific, occurs from Mexico to Ecuador.
Arothron meleagris have two main forms, black with numerous small white spots or bright yellow. Some individuals coloration is a mixture of the two forms.
In its yellow coloration, frequently confused with Arothron nigropunctatus.
at Helengeli (Male Atolls) © ajvessen
at Hilton Moorea (Tahiti and the Society Islands) © automated_house
at Playa Penca (Costa Rica) © brian
at Playa Ocotal (Costa Rica) © brian
at Chileno Bay (Mexico) © nst56
at Playa Ocotal (Costa Rica)
at La Fausse Passe (Tahiti and the Society Islands) © maupiti60
at Two Step (Big Island)
at Granito de Oro (Panama) © nicoleguillemin
at Lagon de l’Hermitage (Réunion Island) © tiffany4545
at Lagoonarium (Tahiti and the Society Islands)
at Sofitel Moorea (Tahiti and the Society Islands)
at Lagon de la Saline (Réunion Island) © tiffany4545
at Vilamendhoo (Ari Atoll) © dominique
at Kuredu (Lhaviyani Atoll) © hampestampe1981
at Calzon de Pobre (Costa Rica)
at Playa Conchal (Costa Rica)
at Isla Coco (Panama) © goldfish
at Denis Island (Denis & Bird) © tinoumer
at Grande Soeur (La Digue) © tinoumer
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