Members of the genus Arothron, including the Stars & Stripes Puffer, are sometimes called “Fat Puffers” or “Dogface Puffers” and exemplify the typical puffer design. The upper half of the Stars & Stripes Puffer is covered with white spots that appear, from a distance, like stars upon the greenish tan body coloration. The lower half of the body has horizontal stripes that complete the stars and stripes ensemble.
This species feeds on a variety of foods including algae, coral, sponges, starfish, molluscs, anemones and other invertebrates. The mouth is beak-like. The teeth in both the upper and lower jaws are fused into two “plates”.
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