Arothron hispidus

Stars-and-stripes puffer
Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus, adult, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Photo: Graham Edgar
Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus, adult, Photo: Ian Shaw
Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus, juvenile, Photo: Andrew Green
Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus


Tropical Eastern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Body colour variable and often blotchy, but with white spots over back and face, tending to short bars on belly. Yellow iris with light ring around eye. Dark circular patch on pectoral fin base bordered by white or yellow line.


Max Size: 50 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-31.3°C

Depth: 1-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 7.62

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (7.1% 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: Solitary (1 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