Common name of Arothron hispidus
Common name Makimaki
Language Hawaiian
Type Aquarium
Official trade name No
Rank 3 - (Other common name)
Country Hawaii (USA)
Ref. Miyasaka, A., 1993
Life stage juveniles and adults
Sex females and males
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Remarks Considered by some an 'aumakua (gourd 'o'opu). An 'aumakua is a family or personal god or deified ancestors who might assume the shape of animals or plants. A symbiotic relationship exists; mortals do not harm or eat 'aumakua and 'aumakua warn and reprimand mortals in dreams, visions and calls. This fish contains poison which is sometimes removed for those who like the flesh. Poison is sometimes fatal (Ref. 10340).
Entered by Miyasaka, Alton
Modified by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D.
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