Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Puffers and allies

Order Tetraodontiformes

This order contains the familiar pufferfishes and porcupinefishes, as well as tripodfishes, triggerfishes, filefishes and boxfishes. The following are all marine fishes, except the Spotted Puffer, which is also found in freshwater.

Tripodfishes (Family Triacanthidae)
Longtail Tripodfish Tripodichthys blochii

Triggerfishes (Family Balistridae)
Starry Triggerfish Abalistes stellatus

Filefishes (Family Monacanthidae)
Seagrass Filefish Acreichthys tomentosum
Fan-bellied Filefish Monacanthus chinensis

Pufferfishes (Family Tetraodontidae)
Yelloweye Puffer Arothron immaculatus
Rough Golden Toadfish Lagocephalus lunaris
Milk-spotted Puffer Chelonodon patoca
Spotted Puffer Tetraodon nigroviridis

Boxfishes and Cowfishes (Family Ostraciidae)
Shortnose Boxfish Rhynchostracion nasus

Porcupinefishes (Family Diodontidae)
Masked Porcupinefish Diodon liturosus

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