Animal Species:Crowned Puffer, Canthigaster coronata (Vaillant & Sauvage, 1875)
It occurs in tropical (and some temperate) marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific feeding on a wide variety of benthic animals and algae.
Standard Common Name
Also known as a Three-barred Toby.
The Crowned Puffer is white with a brown saddle dorsally behind the eye and three saddles on the body. It resembles the Saddled Puffer but has orange spots and blue makings on the margins of the saddles.
The Crowned Puffer grows to 14 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical (and some temperate) marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north, and south to the New South Wales south coast.
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
Feeding and Diet
Eats a wide variety of benthic animals and algae.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.