Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes
(Puffers and filefishes) > Tetraodontidae
(Puffers) > Canthigasterinae
Etymology: Canthigaster: Greek, kanthos = the outer or inner corner of the eye, where the lids meet, 1646 + Greek, gaster = stomach (Ref. 45335); supramacula: Named in reference to the conspicuous ocellus-like spot on the side of the body, slightly ventral and anterior to the dorsal fin base (Ref. 43205).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated. Tropical
Eastern Central Atlantic: known only from off Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. May be more widespread along the tropical African coast.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43205)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 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).
Occurs in reefs (Ref. 43205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Moura, R.L. and R.M.C. Castro, 2002. Revision of Atlantic sharpnose pufferfishes (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae: Canthigaster), with description of three new species. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 115(1):32-50. (Ref. 43205)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02818 (0.01185 - 0.06704), b=2.94 (2.73 - 3.15), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .