Animal Species:Milkspot Toadfish, Chelonodon patoca (Hamilton, 1822)

The Milkspot Toadfish can be recognised by its blotched colouration. In Australia it occurs in tropical marine waters.

Milkspot Toadfish, Chelonodon patoca

Justin McKenzie © Justin McKenzie

Standard Common Name

Milkspot Toadfish

Alternative Name/s

Marbled Toado, Milkspotted Puffer

Identification

The species is grey to brown above with large white blotches.  Colouration fades to white below.

Size range

It grows to 33 cm in length.

Distribution

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.

Chelonodon patoca

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Milkspot Toadfish specimens in Australian collections.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
patoca
Genus:
Chelonodon
Family:
Tetraodontidae
Order:
Tetraodontiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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
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Tags fish, ichthyology, Chelonodon, patoca, brown, white, yellow, deep-bodied, 30 cm - 1 m, blotches/mottled, marine, adult,