- Photo. (c) 2021 Guido Carrara
Scientific Name: Arothron mappa
English Name: Map puffer
Creole Name: Bours gonfle
French Name: Poisson-ballon
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 11-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 10 - 11.
A large yellowish-grey to dark pufferfish becoming paler ventrally. Body covered in prickles. Intricate pattern of dark wavy lines and spots. Dark lines radiating from eyes.
Large black blotch around the gill opening and the pectoral fin base. Black reticulations below pectoral fins. Long broad peduncle. Rounded caudal fin with wavy and broken
Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 65.0 cm TL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Inhabits clear lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs (depth 4-30m). Juveniles occur on seagrass beds. Adults usually found along reef drop-offs and close to shelter. Usually
solitary. Feeds on algae, sponges, and benthic invertebrates including corals. Oviparous.
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. Released when caught by fishers because poisonous to eat.
Poisonous to eat. It accumulates paralytic shellfish toxins.
Arothron mappa has been known to hybridize with A. nigropunctatus.
Photo provided courtesy of Mr Guido Carrara (c) 2021. Photo taken off Anse Possession, Praslin.
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