Stripebelly Pufferfish

Arothron hispidus

This is a common pufferfish in Hawaii which inflates when it cannot outrun danger, like all pufferfish. Other names include “whitespotted pufferfish” and “stars and stripes pufferfish”. It is illegal in Hawaii to serve commercially prepared pufferfish, a delicacy known as “fugu” in Japan, where it must be prepared by specially trained and licensed chefs. This is due to the inherent danger from tetraodotoxin, a strong neurotoxin produced by a bacteria called Alteromonas tetraodonis that all pufferfish contain.

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