Narrow-lined Pufferfish,<i> Arothron manilensis</i> Click to enlarge image
A Narrow-lined Pufferfish, Arothron manilensis, at a depth of 4m, Red Rock Estuary, near Woolgoolga, New South Wales, September 2001. Image: Ian Shaw
© Ian Shaw

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    manilensis
    Genus
    Arothron
    Family
    Tetraodontidae
    Order
    Tetraodontiformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 30 cm in length.

Introduction

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.

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.


I.44721-003 - Arothron manilensis
UG 334 (AMS), Arothron manilensis. Image: Jay Cossey, University of Guelph
© University of Guelph

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.



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.