Common Name: Stars & Stripes Puffer
Other Common Names: White-spotted puffer
Distribution: Red Sea, East Africa, S-Japan, Hawaii, Asia, Micronesia, Gulf of California to Panama, Galapagos Island.
Water Parameters: Temp: 23-26C (74-80F); pH 7.9-8.4
Personality/Temperament: Rather gentle. Sometimes described as cowardly.
Max. Size: 19 inches (50cm)
Estimated Lifespan: ~10 years
Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown
Diet: Likely live and frozen foods (not fish), freeze-dried krill, frozen shrimp, squid, clams and other molluscs and crustaceans. Feeding and Diet article
Care: Not reef-safe. Arothron hispidus can be kept in brackish conditions when young, but should be offered marine conditions as an adult. Will eventually need a huge tank due to its size, 300+ gallon tanks are highly recommended.
Minimum Tank Size: 180 US Gallons (670 liters)
Links to Other Resources: A. hispidus profile on Fishbase