Animal Species:Bluespotted Toadfish, Omegophora cyanopunctata Hardy & Hutchins, 1981
The Bluespotted Toadfish is endemic to Australia, occurring in coastal waters of South Australian and southern Western Australia. It has a yellow belly and blue spots. Males have a dark blotch above the pectoral fin.
Standard Common Name
Blue-spotted Puffer, Bluespotted Pufferfish
The species can be recognised by its dark banding, yellow belly and blue spots. Males have a dark blotch above the pectoral fin.
The species grows to 18 cm in length.
The Bluespotted Toadfish occurs in coastal waters of South Australia and southern Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The fish occurs on coastal reefs and is often seen under jetties.
Danger to humans and first aid
The species contains tetrodotoxin and is thus poisonous. It should not be eaten.
- Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Bluespotted Toadfish, Omegophora cyanopunctata, fish, ichthyology, Tetraondontidae, brown, purple, yellow, green, blue, white, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, blotches/mottled, coastal reef, marine, adult,