Fish Guide

Mappa Puffer   (Arothron mappa)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Puffers)
Natural Range: Indian, Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 13 to 98 ft.   Size: 27.5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: No   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, sponges, benthic invertebrates
Natural History: The Mapa Puffer is found individually in clear lagoons and sheltered seaward reefs around rock and coral shelters. Adults are generally observed singly near deep dropoffs and shelter. This species is a nocturnal hunter. This species can inflate its body to ward off predators. This species also has fused dentition (not individual teeth), no pelvic fin, and poison in its flesh (Tetrodotoxin ).
Husbandry: The Mapa Puffer may not be aggressive toward other puffers. It will eat coral polyps. It should be transferred with a container and not a net to avoid inflation.

AKA: Scribbled Toadfish, Map Puffer

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