Arothron meleagrisis commonly referred to as Guineafowl Puffer, Guinea-fowl Pufferfish, White-spotted Balloon, White-spotted Puffer, White-spotted Pufferfish, Whitespotted Pufferfish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 3000 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic.
Arothron meleagris is (very) poisonous and the poison can kill you under circumstances!!!
If you want to keep Arothron meleagris, inform yourself about the poison and its effects before buying. Keep a note with the telephone number of the poison emergency call and all necessary information about the animal next to your aquarium so that you can be helped quickly in an emergency.
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Arothron meleagris (Lacepède, 1798)
Arothron meleagris, also known as guineafowl puffer fish, is widespread found throughout the Indo-Pacific from the east coast of Africa to South Africa, east to Japan and Panama and the Gulf of California on the west coast of America.
Arothron meleagris owes its name "Guinea Fowl Puffer" the many white spots that cover its black body. There is also a yellow, not spotted color form, as to seen in our pictures above, but this is rarely found in its area of distribution.
Mainly they feed on coral polyps, but otherwise, he is not picky with his food and eats sponges, bryozoans, mollusks, crustaceans, tunicates, algae, foraminifera and detritus as well.
He's definitely not a candidate for a Coral Aquarium and should not be associated with other invertebrates as well.