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Torquigener albomaculosus  Matsuura, 2014

White-spotted pufferfish
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Actinoptérygiens (poissons à nageoires rayonnées) > Tetraodontiformes (Puffers and filefishes) > Tetraodontidae (Puffers) > Tetraodontinae
Etymology: Torquigener: Latin, torquere = to twist + Latin, generare = birth, race (Ref. 45335);  albomaculosus: Named for the many white spots on the body.

Environnement / Climat / Gamme Écologie

; marin récifal; profondeur 10 - 27 m (Ref. 97258).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Northwest Pacific: Japan, Ryukyu Is.

Taille / Poids / Âge

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 97259); 9.1 cm SL (female)

Description synthétique Morphologie | Morphométrie

Rayons mous dorsaux (Total): 9; Rayons mous anaux: 6; Vertèbres: 19. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 9, A 6; pectoral-fin rays 16 with the dorsal-most ray nubbin-like and rudimentary; vertebrate 8 + 11 = 19; mid-side of body (from behind pectoral- to caudal-fin base) without the solid, dark, longitudinal stripe nor rows of dark spots; dorsal half of head and body with fine brown reticulations and many white spots, while ventral half silvery white with many white spots from chin to above anal-fin origin; dorsal rim of eye is light yellow; head and body with many two-rooted spinules (Ref. 97258).

Biologie     Glossaire (ex. epibenthic)

This species has been observed by divers at 10-27 m on sandy bottom. Another population is found around 30 m at the northern part of Amami-oshima Island. Its behavior of building large geometric circles on sandy bottoms, makes this species unique. Female length (Ref. 97258). The circular structure plays an important role in influencing female mate choice, it functions to gather fine sand particles for constructing nests in preparaton for spawning (Ref. 97259).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturité | Reproduction | Frai | Œufs | Fécondité | Larves

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Matsuura, K., 2014. A new pufferfish of the genus Torquigener that builds "mystery circles" on sandy bottoms in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan (Actinopterygii: Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae). Ichthyol. Res. 62(2):207-212. (Ref. 97258)

Statut dans la liste rouge de l'IUCN (Ref. 115185)

  Non évalué 

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Menace pour l'homme

  Harmless




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