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|Taken at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks Oklahoma.|
Wild Stars and Stripes Puffers are believed to eat the Crown Of Thorns Sea Star, which can be a destructive animal in many environments. They also consume a number of invertebrates, like sponges, anemones, tunicates, corals, and crabs. Each Stars and Stripes Puffer defends a territory, usually on a outer reef slope or inner reef flat with a sandy or rubble bottom.
Native to the Indo Pacific, Stars and Stripes Puffers can be found along the Australian coast; off the islands of Hawaii and Japan; the coastline of Baja California in North America down through Panama. The Stars and Stripes Puffer is highly poisonous. The toxin can be fatal to anything that is unlucky enough to consume it. This is one of the Stars and Stripes Puffer's natural defenses against predation.
By maturity, most Stars and Stripes Puffers are 12 to 19 inches (30 to 48 centimeters) long. In front of their eye sockets, Stars and Stripes Puffers have two pairs of tentacle-like structures, which are rather short and fleshy. Short spines cover their bodies, save over the caudal peduncle and snout areas. Stars and Stripes Puffers receive their names from their amazing color pattern. The base coloration of this fish is a greenish brown. Overlaid on the belly are a number of white stripes, and the rest of the fish is studded with white speckles, the fanciful "stars" in the fish's name.
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- [2006-09-14 3:51]
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What an interesting fish you have here! i like the colours, lighting, black bg and framing a lot!