Stars and Stripes Puffer (Arothron hispidus)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Puffers)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 10 to 164 ft. Size: 47 in. Jumps: No Space: 300+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, detritus, benthic invertebrates
Natural History: The Stars and Stripes Puffer is found on reef slopes, flats and lagoons. Juveniles are commonly observed in weedy areas. Adults are observed to be territorial and occur singly. 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 Stars and Stripes Puffer requires a very large aquarium because it grows to a large size. It is shy, especially when first introduced to an aquarium, so hiding places should be available. It feeds on a great variety of benthic invertebrates so it should not be housed with ornamental shrimp or clams. It will likely pick at coral polyps.
AKA: Hispid Puffer, White-spotted Puffer, Stellate Puffer
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