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  Common names: sharpnose-puffer (English), Toby (English), tamboril (Espanol)
Canthigaster janthinoptera (Bleeker, 1855)

Green-spotted sharpnose-puffer,     Honeycomb Toby

Robust, slightly compressed body; head large, blunt; snout long and pointed; 1 pair of small hole-like nostrils; nape with crest between eyes and dorsal fin; eyes high on sides of head; jaws are a 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 below the dorsal; dorsal 9-10 rays; anal 9-10 rays; pectoral 16-18 rays; no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin rounded, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin, head and body with scattered tiny spinules, no fleshy skin flaps.

Brownish orange with close-set pale blue-green spots on head and body; several short blue-green lines radiate from eye; sometimes short blue line under dorsal fin and along top of tail base; fins unmarked.

Size: 9 cm.

Habitat: reefs.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant in the Galapagos and western Panama.   


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