Amblyrhynchotes honckenii (Bloch, 1785)
Evileye blaasop
Amblyrhynchotes honckenii
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Tetraodontinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 400 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: South Africa to China. Marshall Islands in Micronesia (Ref. 1602).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Blackish brown with yellowish white spots above, sides yellow, white below; dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins dusky with a yellow tinge; males with white anal fins, yellow in breeding females (Ref. 4919).
Biology:  Common in tide pools, estuaries, and in the sea to depths of 400 m. Very poisonous, not touched by fishes and sea birds. Hands should be washed after handling this fish.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 June 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  poisonous to eat
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 28.05.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13

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