Tetraodon stellatus   Bloch & Schneider  1801 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 65-138 mm

Color: Brownish above, dull white below. Upper part of head and body and caudal fin with small black spots. Vent in a black blotch. Lower sides with oblique black bands in small specimens, disappearing with age. Dorsal and anal fins pale or slightly darker. Pectoral fin dull yellowish with dark base.

Head 2.4-2.7 in standard length, 3.0-3.2 in total length. Eye diameter 4.7-5.8 in head, 2.1-2.8 in snout and 2.4-3.0 in almost flat interorbital space. Nasal organ bilobed. Head except lips and body covered with small spines. Longest rays of dorsal and anal 2.8-3.2 in head. Longest rays of pectoral 2.6-3.0 in head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: i, 10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: i, 10 or ii, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 17-18.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Tetrodon lagocephalus var, stellatus Bloch and Schneider 1801
Arothron aerostaticus Smith 1949
Arothron stellatus Smith 1949
Tetraodon stellatus de Beaufort and Briggs 1962
Tetrodon lineatus Day 1878
Tetrodon stellatus Day 1878

Common Name (s)
• Sikki Koli
• Pulli Chundu
• Veerkunnon
• Oothunnon
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (Record: 1980)
• MALDIVES (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • 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

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