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Family Tetraodontidae - Pufferfishes
Arothron mappa - Scribbled Puffer
An sub-adult Scribbled Puffer.
Potentially found in most bays with coral reefs. Definitive sighting from the Moltke wreck in Geoffrey Bay.
Reef slopes and crests.
Biology & Ecology
The Scribbled puffer feeds on a wide range of prey, such as worms, algae, molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms. The puffers have exceptionally strong, chisel like teeth which they use to render the reef in search of food. They are usually seen singly, moving slowly over the reef or resting in a hollow. There is little published information on their ecology, although they are well known for the poison (tetrodotoxin) contained in their skin and internal organs, which has caused many human fatalities.
DANGEROUS: This fish is poisonous and should never be eaten.
Papers and articles
Mari Yotsu-Yamashita. 2001. Chemistry of pufferfish toxin. J. TOXICOL.—TOXIN REVIEWS, 20(1), 51–66 (2001) .
M. J. Sheaves. 1993. Patterns of Movement of Some Fishes Within an Estuary in Tropical Australia. Aust. J. Mar. Freshwater Res., 1993, 44, 867-80 .