Pufferfishes, Boxfishes & Porcupinefishes - Reef Life of the Andaman - Part 11

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Pufferfishes, boxfishes and porcupinefishes. Part 11 of my DVD, "Reef Life of the Andaman", available at http://www.bubblevision.com/marine-life-DVD.htm or view the whole 2-hour video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ncUVddkK3Q

This episode features fish from 3 families in the order of Tetraodontiformes, pufferfishes (Tetraodontidae), boxfishes (Ostraciidae), and porcupinefishes (Diodontidae).

First we meet the blackspotted puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, the most common pufferfish in the area, followed by the map puffer, Arothron mappa, at High Rock in the Mergui Archipelago. At Black Rock we encounter the blue-spotted puffer, Arothron caeruleopunctatus, and in Thailand we meet the largest pufferfish, the starry puffer, Arothron stellatus.

Next up is the yellow boxfish, Ostracion cubicus, as we trace its development from cute juvenile to adult. At the Similan Islands we discover the fantastic coloration of the whitespotted boxfish, Ostracion meleagris. And during a night dive at Thailand's Boonsong Wreck we meet the weird horn-nosed boxfish, Ostracion rhinorhynchos.

Finally we take a look at the 3 common porcupinefishes in the Andaman Sea, the spot-fin porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, the black-blotched porcupinefish, Diodon liturosus, and the long-spine porcupinefish, Diodon holocanthus. We learn how these species, like pufferfish, swell up into a ball when threatened.

The following closed captions/subtitles are available by clicking the CC button under the video:

- English
- German (Deutscher Kommentar)
- Spanish (Narración en Español)

- Dutch (Nederlandse Namen)
- English
- German (Deutsche Bezeichnungen)
- Thai ( ชื่อภาษาไทย & จุดดำน้ำ )

Please get in touch with me if you would like to help translate the narration or marine life names into other languages.

Thanks to Mark Ellison for the music track, "Andaman Resonance".

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The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Sony VX2000 DV camera in a Gates housing. It was edited in Sony Vegas Pro then deinterlaced with QTGMC and upscaled to 720p HD in AviSynth.

Thanks to Santana Diving of Phuket (http://www.santanaphuket.com), to Elfi and Uli Erfort and Daniel Bruehwiler for help with the German translation, and to Frank Nelissen for the Dutch subtitles.

Full list of fish species and dive sites featured in this video:

00:00 Golden Trevally, Gnathanodon speciosus, Richelieu Rock
00:06 Blackspotted Puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, Marita's Rock, Racha Noi
00:14 Blackspotted Puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, Black Rock
00:23 Map Puffer, Arothron mappa, High Rock
00:41 Blue-Spotted Puffer, Arothron caeruleopunctatus, Black Rock
01:04 Starry Puffer, Arothron stellatus, Koh Bon
01:10 Starry Puffer, Arothron stellatus, South Reef, Racha Noi
01:17 Yellow Boxfish (juvenile), Ostracion cubicus, Shark Cave
01:28 Yellow Boxfish (juvenile), Ostracion cubicus, Black Rock
01:35 Yellow Boxfish (juvenile), Ostracion cubicus, Richelieu Rock
01:49 Yellow Boxfish (young adult), Ostracion cubicus, Richelieu Rock
02:01 Yellow Boxfish (young adult), Ostracion cubicus, Boonsung Wreck
02:12 Yellow Boxfish (mature adult), Ostracion cubicus, Deep Six
02:21 Whitespotted Boxfish (male), Ostracion meleagris, Racha Noi
02:29 Whitespotted Boxfish (male), Ostracion meleagris, Boulder City
02:38 Whitespotted Boxfish (female), Ostracion meleagris, Richelieu Rock
02:42 Whitespotted Boxfish (female), Ostracion meleagris, Boulder City
02:49 Whitespotted Boxfish (female), Ostracion meleagris, Richelieu Rock
02:55 Horn-Nosed Boxfish, Ostracion rhinorhynchos, Boonsung Wreck
03:13 Spot-Fin Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, Marita's Rock, Racha Noi
03:23 Spot-Fin Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, Elephant Head Rock
03:31 Spot-Fin Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, Paradise Reef
03:38 Spot-Fin Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, Lucy's Reef, Racha Yai
03:50 Black-Blotched Porcupinefish, Diodon liturosus, Anemone Reef
04:04 Spot-Fin Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, Koh Bida Nai
04:09 Black-Blotched Porcupinefish, Diodon liturosus, King Cruiser
04:13 Spot-Fin Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, Koh Bida Nai
04:23 Black-Blotched Porcupinefish, Diodon liturosus, Black Rock
04:34 Long-Spine Porcupinefish, Diodon holocanthus, Shark Point
04:46 Long-Spine Porcupinefish, Diodon holocanthus, Shark Cave
04:55 Scrawled Filefish, Aluterus scriptus, Koh Tachai