Tetraodon hispidus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 39-265 mm

Color: Brown above, lighter below with small bluish white spots on upper half of head and body and 4 or 5 broad irregular dark bars on sides from snout to above anal. A bluish white line around gill opening and behind base of pectoral. Caudal light brown, the margin a little darker. Other fins lighter, their bases light brown.

Head 2.4-2.6 in standard length, 3.0-3.3 in total length. Body short and flabby. Eye diameter 4.2-4.6 in head, about 2.0 in snout and 2.4-3.0 in concave interorbital space. Longest dorsal rays 2.6-2.8 in head. Longest anal rays 3.0-3.2 in head. Pectoral fin 2.4-2.8 in head. Whole body except caudal peduncle usually spiny. Two nasal tentacles on each side.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: i, 9-10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: i, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 16.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Tetraodon hispidus Linnaeus, 1758
Arothron hispidus Smith, 1949
Tetraodon hispidus de Beaufort and Briggs, 1962
Tetrodon hispidus Day, 1878

Common Name (s)
• Gali Koli
• Variyan Chundu
• Veerkunnon
• Oothunnon
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Kumaran, M; Murty, VS and Lalmohan, RS (1989) Resources of ornamental fishes Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 46-64 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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