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Masked puffer

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Kingdom  Animalia
Genus  Arothron
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
Found in  Red Sea
Family  Tetraodontidae
Scientific name  Arothron diadematus
Higher classification  Arothron
Order  Tetraodontiformes
Masked puffer Masked pufferfish Arothron diadematus photo
Similar  Pufferfish, Arothron, Arothron stellatus, Blackspotted puffer, White‑spotted puffer

Masked puffer fish photographed by sj4000


The masked puffer (Arothron diadematus) is a pufferfish in the family Tetraodontidae.

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Masked pufferfish


Distribution

Red Sea only.

Description

Masked puffer Masked puffer Arothron diadematus The Fish Directory

Maximum length 30 cm, olive-green/grey with a black mask over the eyes and pectoral fins, mouth has a black border. Usually solitary but schools during mating period. Some authors believe this to be a variation of the species Arothron nigropunctatus.

Habitat

Masked puffer masked pufferfish Arothron diadematus FactSheet

Associated with coral reefs, from surface to 20m depth. The masked puffer will land in a low grotto and produce a very viscous sperm out of its lower anal cavity. It uses own sperm as a base habitat; over the course of the next week the masked puffer will borrow and create a home with the genital sperm. The sperm produces a very effective disguise and mask of scent, reducing its predators. When the sperm starts to become a mold the masked puffer will migrate to a different grotto and repeat the cycle.

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References

Masked puffer Wikipedia


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