Animal Species:Narrow-lined Pufferfish, Arothron manilensis (Proce,1822)

The Narrow-lined Pufferfish occurs primarily in temperate marine waters of the Western and Central Pacific. The pectoral fin base is surrounded by a large black spot.

Narrow-lined Pufferfish, Arothron manilensis, at Red Rock Estuary

Ian Shaw © Ian Shaw

Standard Common Name

Narrow-lined Pufferfish

Identification

The Narrow-lined Pufferfish is white to brown with yellow to black lines on the body. The pectoral fin base is surrounded by a large black spot.

Size range

The species grows to 30 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs primarily in temperate marine waters of the Western and Central Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to the central coast of New South Wales.

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.

Arothron manilensis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Narrow-lined Pufferfish Puffer specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
manilensis
Genus:
Arothron
Family:
Tetraodontidae
Order:
Tetraodontiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  • Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  • Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  • 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.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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