Animal Species:Bluespotted Puffer, Arothron caeruleopunctatus (Matsuura, 1994)
As its standard name would imply, the Bluespotted Puffer has blue spots on the body as well as rings around the eyes. This species is usually found in coral reef waters.
The Bluespotted Puffer can be recognised by its colouration. It is yellow or brown dorsally and pale below. There are numerous small dark-edged blue spots on the body and median fins. The eyes are surrounded by blue and brown rings.
This species occurs in coral reef waters of the Indo-West Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the Coral Sea, Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
It is usually found in coral reef waters.
- Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawai’i Press. Pp. 584.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fish, fishes, ichthyology, Arothron, caeruleopunctatus, Bluespotted, Puffer, brown, pink, blue, white, black, 'normal fish', 30 cm - 1 m, blotches/mottled, complex pattern, coral reef, marine, adult,