Arothron hispidus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Hawaiian Name: O'opu hue
Common Name:
Stripebelly Pufferfish
Distribution: Indo-Pacific and tropical eastern Pacific.

Remarks: When threatened, pufferfishes can inflate their bodies with water, greatly expanding their size. This species grows to nearly 20 inches in length, and can be found in a wide variety of habitats on coral reefs.

Photo 1997 by Richard L. Pyle
This page last revised 12 June 1997