Canthigaster petersii (Bianconi, 1854)
Peter's toby
photo by Goebbels, D.

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Canthigasterinae
Max. size:  9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 25 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: from Oman and East Africa to the Andama Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal soft rays: 8-10. This species is characterized by the following: D 8-10 (often 9), A 8-10; pectoral rays 16-18; body depth at dorsal to anal fin origin 2.2-2.5 in SL; head length 2.3-2.6 in SL; snout length 1.2-1.5 in HL; caudal peduncle depth 1.7-2.2 in HL; slightly rounded caudal fin; body brown with numerous white spots on snout, side of body and caudal fin; bluish-white lines mainly around eye region and on upper back, prominent white-edged black spot below dorsal-fin base and abruptly white belly (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  May be solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 08 June 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 25.09.14

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