Where in the world?
External reef slopes and lagoons of the Indo-Pacific, excluding the Red Sea.
The Dog Face Puffer is usually gray or yellow with black markings around the mouth, eyes, and dorsal fin. The pectoral fins have a yellow appearance, and it may also have black spots over the body.
It lacks pelvic fins, but is very maneuverable, using its pectoral, dorsal, and anal fins.
Instead of “teeth,” it has a fused beak-like structure which it uses to crush prey. It eats squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp, which help keep its ever growing “teeth” worn down.
Did you know?
The Dog Face Puffer gets its name from its appearance which has a similar look to canines. Coincidentally enough, most puffers have been known to have personalities similar to a dog.