Canthigaster capistrata (Lowe, 1839)
Macaronesian sharpnose-puffer
photo by Pinheiro, P.

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Canthigasterinae
Max. size: 
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 20 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Atlantic: known from oceanic islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Absence of dark stripe extending anteriorly from the ventral caudal fin margin onto the caudal peduncle or flank; presence of a horizontal dark stripe extending from the dorsal caudal fin margin anteriorly to the pectoral fin base; absence of a conspicuous (larger than eye) spot slightly ahead and below dorsal fin base; absence of bars on the caudal fin (Ref. 43205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 08 June 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 29.09.03
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 19.10.15

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