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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Tetraodontidae
Reticulated pufferfish
Arothon reticularis

Family Tetraodontidae
updated Nov 2020

Where seen? A live one was seen once at Chek Jawa, while a dead one had washed ashore at Changi. Elsewhere, juveniles usually seen on muddy and estuarine shores. Adults in deeper water near coral reefs.

To about 45cm. Body covered with fine prickles. Body greyish brown with whitish stripes on its snout, cheeks and belly. Brown and whitish lines circle the eye. Whitish rounded spots on the dorsal surface, giving a net-like appearance. Large blackish blotch on the gill flap and on the base of the pectoral fin. Tail fin is spotted and the other fins are translucent yellowish-brown.

Photo by Dr Tan Heok Hui from
Singapore Biodiversity Records 2016: 102-103

Chek Jawa, Dec 16
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on facebook.

Yelloweye pufferfishes in Singapore
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Nov 08
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on flickr.



  • 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.
  • Tan Heok Hui. Reticulate pufferfish sold for food at a market. 31 August 2018. Singapore Biodiversity Records 2018: 91.
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