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  Common names: sharpnose-puffer (English), tamboril (Espanol)
Canthigaster valentini (Bleeker, 1853)

Black-saddled sharpnose-puffer,     Valentini's sharpnose-puffer

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 rays; anal 9 rays; pectoral 16-17 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.

Whitish; small brown spots on sides of body and head; short blue lines extend to rear from eye; dark brown saddle immediately behind eye, 2 long brown bars on body, dark brown saddle on tail base; tail fin yellow, upper and lower edges black.

Size: 11 cm.

Habitat: reefs.

Depth: 1-55 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant in the Galapagos.


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