Narrow-lined Puffer

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Arothron manilensis - (Marion de Procé, 1822)
Narrow-lined Puffer

A smaller, handsome puffer photographed in Guam. David Burdick/NOAA

[edit] Overview

This is one of the more modestly size puffers in the genus Arothron and it has various names in the aquarium trade, often sold as the "Striped Dogface Puffer." (Arothron nigropunctatus is the other "Dogface Puffer or Blackspotted Puffer.)

In the wild, it is most often encountered in lagoons, brackish estuaries, and over seagrass beds in protected reef flats.

See: A Puffer Primer.

Family: Tetraodontidae

Other common name(s):

  • Dogface Puffer

Native range:

Habitat: Provide open swimming space with some hiding places in rocky niches or caves.

Maximum length: 31 cm (12 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 284 L (75 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.

[edit] Feeding

Offer a varied diet of meaty foods, including chopped shrimp, squid, clams, enriched krill, and fish—as well as preparations designed for herbivores. Feed no fewer than 3 times a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Rarely aggressive; more than one can be kept in the same tank. Can also be kept with other Arothron spp., except more-aggressive forms.

This and other puffers are not reef-aquarium safe. It may nip off Acropora coral tips and eat a wide variety of invertebrates, including ornamental shrimps, crabs, clams, sponges, and tunicates. It will also graze coralline algae from the surface of live rock.

[edit] Notes

This and other puffers are poisonous to eat, having the lethal tetrodotoxin in their internal organs. Dozens of poisonings and up to six human deaths a year in Japan are attributed to the consumption of pufferfishes. The skin of pufferfishes also contains the toxin, and hobbyists should only handle these fishes when wearing rubber gloves as a precaution.

Facts about Narrow-lined PufferRDF feed
Common name Narrow-lined Puffer  +, and Dogface Puffer  +
Family Tetraodontidae  +
Genus Arothron  +
Maximum length 12 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Borneo  +, Philippines  +, Australia  +, Tonga  +, and Ryuku Islands  +
Specific name manilensis  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +