Scribbled Puffer, Arothron mappa (Lesson 1831)

Other Names: Map Puffer, Map Toado, Scribbled Pufferfish

A Scribbled Puffer, Arothron mappa, at Raine Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, October 2005. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A yellowish-grey to dark pufferfish with an intricate pattern of wavy lines and spots, fine lines radiating from the eyes, a large black blotch around the gill opening, and a black blotch on the lower side.

Video of a Scribbled Puffer at Balicasag Island in the Philippines.

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Scribbled Puffer, Arothron mappa (Lesson 1831)

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Recorded from the Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Ashmore Reef, Coral Sea, to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific.

Species Citation

Tetraodon mappa Lesson, 1831, Voyage Autour du Monde 2:  102, pl. 5. Type locality: Dorey Bay, New Guinea.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Scribbled Puffer, Arothron mappa (Lesson 1831)


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Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls.

Matsuura, K. & Toda, M. 1981. First records of two pufferfishes, Arothron mappa and A. reticularis, from Japan. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 28(1): 91-94 figs 1-2

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

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Russell, B.C., Larson, H.K., Hutchins, J.B. & Allen, G.R. 2005. Reef fishes of the Sahul Shelf. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory Supplement 1 2005: 83-105

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37467035


Depth:4-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:65 cm TL

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