Guineafowl Puffer

Guineafowl Puffer

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Caption: A Guineafowl Puffer (Arothron meleagris) in Cocos Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 330 miles offshore Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean. The skin of this puffer, which can range in color from yellow to purple/black/blue with white dots, may contain toxic tetraodotoxin, a strong neurotoxin produced by a bacteria called Alteromonas tetraodonis.

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Keywords: alteromonas tetraodonis, arothron, arothron meleagris, bacteria, cocos island, coral reef, eastern pacific, fish, guineafowl puffer, marine, marine life, neurotoxin, poisonous, puffer, toxic, underwater, unesco world heritage site, venomous

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