Triodon macropterus Lesson, 1831
Threetooth puffer
Triodon macropterus
photo by Justine, J.-L.

Family:  Triodontidae (Three-toothed puffer)
Max. size:  54 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 50 - 300 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to the Philippines, north to Japan, south to Australia and New Caledonia. Recently reported from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 9-10. Body yellowish-brown; belly flap white except for a yellow area around a black blotch (Ref. 4419). The 2.0 cm recruit differs from the adult in the structure of its viscera, most strikingly by the presence of the very large distended stomach, lacking in the adult (Ref. 54815).
Biology:  Rare species (Ref. 4419).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 01.07.91
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 17.09.03
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 24.08.94

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