Chelonodon pleurospilus (Regan, 1919)
Blaasop beauty
photo by King, D.R.

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Tetraodontinae
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Xora mouth to Durban (South Africa).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-8; Vertebrae: 19-19
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 07 June 2011 (B2ab(iii)) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  poisonous to eat
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 17.05.96
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13

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