Animal Species:Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla (Waite & McCulloch, 1915)

The Ringed Toadfish is dusky above and white below. It can be easily identified by the black line almost encircling the pectoral fin base. The species is endemic to Australia.

Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla

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Standard Common Name

Ringed Toadfish

Alternative Name/s

Ringed Puffer, Ringed Pufferfish, Ringed Toado

Identification

The Ringed Toadfish is dusky above and white below. It can be easily identified by the black line almost encircling the pectoral fin base. Males may have small blue spots, which are absent in females and juveniles.

Size range

The species grows to about 25 cm in length.

Distribution

It is endemic to Australia, occurring from the central coast of New South Wales, around the temperate south of the country to the central coast of Western Australia.

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.

Omegophora armilla

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Ringed Toadfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

The Ringed Toadfish is usually found on deep coastal and offshore reefs although it is occasionally seen in sandy and weedy areas of estuaries. It occurs down to depths of at least 146 m.

Classification

Species:
armilla
Genus:
Omegophora
Family:
Tetraodontidae
Order:
Tetraodontiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hardy, G.S. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  2. 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.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  6. Last, P.R., E.O.G. Scott & F.H. Talbot. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority. Pp. 563.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla, Tetraodontidae, grey, white, blue, deep-bodied, 10 cm - 30 cm, countershaded, coastal reef, marine, adult,