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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Tetraodontidae
Blue-spotted pufferfish
Arothon caeruleopunctatus

Family Tetraodontidae
updated Nov 2020

Where seen? One was seen dead, washed ashore during a mass fish death event. Another was seen alive while diving off Pulau Hantu. The species was only described in 1994.

To about 80cm. Yellowish brown on its back and sides, white on the belly, with blue stripes circling the eyes, and numerous small dark-edged blue spots all over the head, body and median fins. A black patch with white spots at the base of its pectoral fin.

Live one, seen diving.
Photo by Toh Chay Hoon from
Singapore Biodiversity Records 2019:54-55

Kusu Island, Aug 17
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Dead fish washed ashore during mass fish death.
Pasir Ris Park, Mar 15
Photo by Sean Yap from Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 47



  • Toh Chay Hoon & Kelvin K. P. Lim. Blue-spotted pufferfish (Arothron caeruleopunctatus) observed in the Singapore Strait. 30 April 2019. Singapore Biodiversity Records 2019: 54-55 ISSN 2345-7597. National University of Singapore.
  • Sean Yap and Sankar Ananthanarayanan. 3 Apr 2015. New record of blue-spotted pufferfish (Arothron caeruleopunctatus) in Singapore. Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 47
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