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Arothron multilineatus  Matsuura, 2016

Many-lined pufferfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes (Puffers and filefishes) > Tetraodontidae (Puffers) > Tetraodontinae
Etymology: multilineatus: Named for the many white lines on the head and body.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 2 - 40 m (Ref. 107899).   Subtropical, preferred ?

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Indo-West Pacific: Japan (Ryukyu Is.); photographed from Mozambique and literature record from the Phlippines..

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 43.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 107899)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal soft rays: 9 - 11; Vertebrae: 18. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 9 (10-11); A 10 (9-11); pectoral-fin rays 18 (19); vertebrae 9 + 9 = 18; colour of lateral and dorsal surfaces of head and body dark greenish-brown covered with many longitudinal white lines while the ventral surface of head and body white with light yellowish tinge; many spinules on head and body except on the lateral surface of the caudal peduncle, around mouth, eye, gill opening, and on dorsal- and anal-fin bases (Ref. 107899).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species has been observed by SCUBA divers from 10 m to 25 m on the sandy bottom along the south coast of Amami-oshima Island of the Ryukyu Islands (Ref. 107899). Feeds on corals, mollusks, and other sand-dwelling invertebrates (2935).

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Matsuura, K., 2016. A new pufferfish, Arothron multilineatus (Actinopterygii: Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae), from the Indo-West Pacific. Ichthyol. Res. (published online) 22 March 2016. (Ref. 107899)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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