Lagocephalus lagocephalus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Size: Attain 24 inches

Color: Bluish black above, dull white on lower sides with 4 or 5 black spots on sides below pectoral. Fins dark; 4 lower rays of pectoral white.

Head 3.2-3.3 in standard length, 3.7-3.8 in total length. Depth of body 4.1-4.3 in standard length, 4.8-4.9 in total length. Eye diameter 4.4-4.6 in head, 1.8-2.0 in snout and 1.8 in interorbital space. Body naked above and on sides, lower sides from below snout upto vent with strong spines. Nostrils in pairs, flush with the surface. Dorsal and anal falcate. Pectoral fin 1.7-1.8 in head, longest dorsal and anal rays 2.0 and 2.2 respectively in head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: i, 13; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: i, 12; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 13.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Tetrodon lagocephalus Linnaeus, 1758
Lagocephalus lagocephalus Smith, 1949
Lagocephalus lagocephalus nigridorsum Fowler, 1944
Tetraodon janthinus Vaillant & Sauvage, 1875
Tetraodon lagocephalus Linnaeus, 1758
Tetrodon pennantii Yarrell, 1836
Tetrodon stellatus Donovan, 1804

Common Name (s)
• Blue blaasop
• Oceanic Puffer (English)
• Puffer (English)
• Digu Koli
• Parava Chundu
• Meen Chamanian
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh, dried)

Habitat:  Benthic, Estuarine, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -

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