Scientific Name: Arothron hispidus
Common Names: Stars and Stripes Pufferfish, Whitespotted Pufferfish, Hispid Pufferfish
Description: The Stars n’ Stripes Pufferfish is named for it’s unusual markings of stripes...
Pet Pufferfish are known for their ability to "puff up", making themselves look much larger than they are to avoid predators attempting to eat them. Parts of some saltwater pufferfish are extremely toxic or fatal if eaten by a human being. Because pet Pufferfish are carnivorous, keeping your pet puffer with small invertebrates is not a good idea. Pet Pufferfish are enjoyed by marine enthusiasts worldwide as they are adorable saltwater fish with a comical, chubby appearance. Pet Pufferfish are particularily curious as they have the ability to gulp air or water, puffing up until they look like a round ball. A number of common names used to described these unusual marine fish including Blowfish, Balloonfish, and Globefish; along with Toadies, Sugar Toady, Honey Toady, and Sea Squab.