Arothron stellatus

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Arothron stellatus
Arothron stellatus, Photo: Ian Shaw
Arothron stellatus
Arothron stellatus, juvenile, Photo: Ian Shaw
Arothron stellatus
Arothron stellatus, Great Keppel Is, Qld, Photo: Andrew Green
Arothron stellatus
Arothron stellatus, WA, Australia, Photo: John Turnbull
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Arothron stellatus
Arothron stellatus
Arothron stellatus
Arothron stellatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark spots on body and tail, and light underside. Lacks lines from eye or over body as on A. mappa and A. hispidus puffers. Large individuals can look very ragged.


Max Size: 120 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 18.5-31.7°C

Depth: 3-58m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.65

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 (2.8% 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