Animal Species:Lantern Toby, Canthigaster epilampra (Jenkins, 1903)
The Lantern Toby can be recognised by its colouration. It is whitish with numerous small blue spots. In Australia it is known from the northern Great Barrier Reef.
Standard Common Name
Bluespotted Toby, Grey-top Puffer
The Lantern Toby can be recognised by its colouration. It is whitish with numerous small blue spots. The snout is yellow with blue lines and spots, and blue lines radiate from the eye. There is a black spot at the base of the dorsal fin. A yellow spot is usually present above the pectoral fin.
The species grows to 11 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Eastern Indian Ocean to the Central Pacific. In Australia it is known 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.
- 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.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology