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.

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