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ID information for this pufferfish is needed. It was living in the same exhibit as Hang Tough the green sea turtle as of March 2023.

Map puffer

Arothron mappa

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Species Type:


Common Name(s):

Map puffer


These medium sized fish can grow up 25.6 inches (65 centimeters) in length.


As a bottom feeder, this fish preys on benthic invertebrates, sponges and various kinds of algae.

Range & Habitat:

The map puffer can be found in or near tropical and subtropical coral reef environments and lagoon ecosystems. They're distributed from Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.


When feeling threatened, the map puffer has the ability fill their stomachs with water and inflate their bodies to scare off predators. Unsocial and solitary, these fish are relatively aggressive and will attack at the slightest detection of danger from its surroundings. The map puffer is listed as Least Concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.