arothron

Stellate puffer juvenile  (Starry Pufferfish)

Arothron stellatus (Tetraodontiformes - Tetraodontidae), better known as Stellate puffer, is a relatively uncommon fish which occurs in patch reefs and coral slopes near sandy areas of clear lagoon and seaward reefs, in the Indo-Pacific and the Southeast Atlantic.

This puffer can be recognized by its coloration. Adults are white with numerous small black spots that become relatively smaller and more numerous as the fish grows. Juveniles are orange with small black spots. They have diagonal black bands crossing the abdomen.

The species grows to 1.2 m in length.

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Photo credit: ©Benjamin Naden | Locality: Bali, Indonesia