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Family Tetraodontidae

HAWAII

Torquigener florealis

Three Tables, Oahu, 5 feet

 

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 75 feet

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 75 feet

 

FLORAL PUFFER

Rarely seen among mud or sand at deeper scuba depths where it feeds upon invertebrates.  Remains buried with just the eyes exposed during periods of inactivity.  Mass settlement of juveniles recorded along O’ahu's north shore in 1986, 1993, and 2009.  White reticulated with brown and a lateral stripe of yellow spots.  Randall's Puffer has a brown lateral stripe and bar below the eye.  Attains 7 inches.  Restricted to Hawai‘i, Japan, and China.  Formerly known as Lagocephalus hypselogeneion.

 

Torquigener florealis & T. randalli