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  Narrow-lined Pufferfish (Arothron manilensis)





Narrow-lined Pufferfish | Arothron manilensis photo
Striped puffer (Arothron manilensis), Guam, Mariana Islands

Image by David Burdick - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Narrow-lined Pufferfish is white to brown with many darker yellow to black lines on the body. The line pattern is heavier on the back and sides and paler on the underside. Some fish are boldly patterned and some have very faint pattern. It has a large black spot around the base of the pectoral fin.

Size
length to 30cm

Habitat
Found in shallow coastal slopes, shallow estuaries with muddy bottom, estuaries, sheltered reef flats, lagoons, seagrass beds, sandy areas. Juveniles are found among mangroves. Depth range is 2m to 20m.

Range
The Narrow-lined Pufferfish is found in tropical and temperate marine waters of the Western and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found from the central coast of Western Australia, around Northern Territory, Queensland and south to the central coast of New South Wales.

Notes
Contains a potentially lethal poison (tetrodotoxin) in the skin and organs.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Tetraodontiformes
Family:Tetraodontidae
Genus:Arothron
Species:manilensis
Common Name:Narrow-lined Pufferfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Stars and Stripes Toadfish (A. hispidus)
  Map Pufferfish (A. mappa)
  Blackspotted Pufferfish (A. nigropunctatus)
  Starry Pufferfish (A. stellatus)