IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: puffer (English), tamboril (Espanol)
Sphoeroides kendalli Meek & Hildebrand, 1928

Slick puffer

Body oblong, thick; head compressed; snout ~ 47% of head length; between eyes slightly convex, width < 2.5x snout length; nasal organ a short papilla with 2 small holes at end; eyes high on sides of head; jaws are a strong beak composed of 4 fused heavy powerful teeth with a central suture on each jaw; a slit-like gill opening in front of the pectoral fin base; a single short- based dorsal fin at rear of body; a similar-shaped anal fin with origin under or behind last few dorsal rays; dorsal rays 7-8, anal rays 6-7; pectoral 15-16; no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin bluntly convex, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin,  skin without spines; no skin flaps.

Grey to dark brown above, white below;  a broad band of small dark spots on side above midline, from above gill slit to tail base; all fins pale greenish, outer margin of tail dusky.

        Size: 18 cm.

Habitat: demersal on soft bottoms, in bays.

        Depth: 1-20 m.

        Costa Rica to northern Peru.


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