Figure 8 Puffer (Tetraodon biocellatus) 3 inch
Tetraodon biocellatus, figure 8 puffer, figure eight puffer, eyespot puffer
Figure 8 puffer natural habitat
Figure 8 puffers are naturally found in estuaries, mangrove forests and streams in Southeast Asia, where they inhabit calm waters.
Figure 8 puffer appearance
With a maximum size of around 4 inches (10 cm), figure 8 puffers stay relatively small. Their appearance is quite striking, with a creamy white belly, yellow body and black markings. As mentioned in the intro, their common name is derived from the “eight”-shaped marking on their head.
Figure eights are sometimes confused with young Ceylon puffers (Tetraodon fluviatilis) or green spotted puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis), so if you’re planning on keeping one be sure to double check whether you’re buying the right fish!