Arothron nigropunctatus

Blackspotted puffer

Dog-faced puffer

Distribution: from Eastern Africa to Southern Japan, Micronesia, Samoa and Australia.

Its coloration is variable and can be light-brown, grey, blue-grey or bright yellow, sometimes grey with a yellow belly.

In yellow coloration, may be confused with Arothron meleagris.

Absent from the Red Sea, where it is replaced by closely related Arothron diadematus.

Spots where Arothron nigropunctatus has been spotted by snorkelers

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