Ephippion guttifer (Bennett, 1831)
Prickly puffer
photo by IGFA

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Tetraodontinae
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 4,300.0 g
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 10 - 100 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Gibraltar and extreme western Mediterranean southward along the entire west coast of Africa to Angola, near Benguela.
Biology:  Common in shallow coastal waters, also in estuaries (Ref. 2683), bays and lagoons, as well as in offshore trawling stations. Feeds on crabs, echinoids and mollusks (Ref. 10001). Occurs over hard substrate (Ref. 5377).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 June 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 06.02.92
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 23.08.94

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