Dogface Puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Puffers)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 10 to 82 ft. Size: 15 in. Jumps: No Space: 125+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, sponges, benthic invertebrates (molluscs, crustaceans, tunicates)
Natural History: The Dogface Puffer is found on reef crests and slopes, usually in pairs. It is nocturnal and frequents areas rich in corals, especially Acropora. It is reported to exists in different color phases, from gray to yellow, through which it changes throughout life. This species lacks pelvic fins and has a beak-like structure to crush prey.
Husbandry: The Dogface Puffer is generally peaceful but it should not be housed with other puffers. This species of puffer is intelligent enough to recognize its keeper and will 'beg' for food. It should be offered hard-shelled molluscs or other invertebrates to bite and chew at for wearing down its teeth. Otherwise, the teeth will have to clipped manually by someone familiar with the practice. This species will likely eat ornamental shrimp, starfish, molluscs, and other reef invertebrates.
AKA: Black-spotted Puffer
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