Arothron mappa (Lesson, 1831)
Map puffer
Arothron mappa
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Tetraodontinae
Max. size:  65 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 4 - 30 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4919) and east to Samoa, northward to the Ryukyus and western sea of Japan, southward to New Caledonia and Queensland, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Body covered with prickles (Ref. 559). Body beautifully colored; black area around anus, black reticulations below pectoral fins (Ref. 4919). Description: Characterized further by extensive black blotch on belly; head and body covered with small spinules except around mouth, base of fins and caudal peduncle; short snout, length about 7.0 in SL; short and rounded caudal fin, length 4.2-5.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occur in clear lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). Solitary (Ref. 90102). Adults usually along deep drop-offs (Ref. 48637). Usually close to shelter. Occur singly (Ref. 9710). Feed on algae, sponges, and benthic invertebrates.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 June 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  poisonous to eat
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.04.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13

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