Milkspotted puffer


  • Recorded singly and in small groups.
  • Shy and will swim away immediately if frightened.
  • Poisonous. Tetrodotoxin is recorded in the skin, ovaries, liver and muscles.
  • Feeds on benthic invertebrates.


  • Body grey to brown ventrally and belly is white, with a broad yellow band in between.
  • White oval spots on the upper body readily distinguishes the species from the Hong Kong pufferfish, on which the patterns are irregular.
  • Body covered in prickles.

Common Name: Milkspotted puffer

Family Common Name: Pufferfishes

Scientific Name: Chelonodon patoca___(Hamilton, 1822)

Maximum Length: 38 cm (Standard Length)