Animal Species:False-eye Puffer, Canthigaster papua (Bleeker, 1848)
The False-eye Puffer get's it's name from the black spot at the base of the dorsal fin which looks like an eye.
Standard Common Name
Sharpnosed Puffer, Solander's Toby, or Blue-spotted Toby.
The False-eye Puffer can be recognised by its colouration. It is brown to orange with numerous small blue-green spots on the body and caudal fin. Black-edged blue-green lines radiate from the eye and a black spot is present below the dorsal fin.
The species grows to 9 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef.
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
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292. (as Canthigaster solandri) Allen, G.R. & J.E.
- Randall. 1977. Review of the Sharpnose Pufferfishes (Subfamily Canthigasterinae) of the Indo-Pacific. Records of the Australian Museum. 30(17): 475-517.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.