Arothron meleagris, Adult. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Arothron meleagris, Adult. Photo: Graham Edgar
Arothron meleagris, Adult, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Dark brown to black with numerous small white spots. Occasionally gold with a few black spots, which can be similar to A. nigropunctatus (blackspotted puffer). Juveniles black with larger yellow or white spots, and similar, but more rounded shape than Ostracion meleagris (black boxfish).
Max Size: 50 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 21.6-30.4°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (11% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland