Canthigaster supramacula Moura & Castro, 2002
West African sharpnose-puffer
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Canthigasterinae
Max. size:  3.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Eastern Central Atlantic: known only from off Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. May be more widespread along the tropical African coast.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Presence of a conspicuous dark spot resembling an ocellus on the dorsal portion of the trunk anteroventral to origin of dorsal fin, the dorsal portion of this spot extending to the dorsal fin origin. Lacks conspicuous dark stripes along the sides of the body, bearing only two to four irregular lines that extend from the caudal peduncle to about a vertical through the dorsal fin base (Ref. 43205).
Biology:  Occurs in reefs (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. - 25.09.03
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13

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