Canthigaster bennetti   (Bleeker,  1854) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Max length 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Greenish brown, whitish below with bluish black spots on lower half of head and body as far as the caudal peduncle. Spots on head intermingled with white patches. Four narrow blackish streaks on cheek with white border. Streaks across eye bluish black bordered with white. Dark reticulations on the back. Dark patch at base of dorsal with one or two black streaks. A bluish band ventrally along the median line of abdomen. Dorsal, anal and caudal pale whitish.

Head 2.6-2.9 in standard length, 3.2-3.6 in total length. Depth of body 2.6-2.7 in standard length, 3.2-3.3 in total length. Eye diameter 4.0-4.7 in head, 2.4-2.8 in snout and 1.4-1.7 in concave interorbital space. Small spines on head and body, less numerous on sides of body and back. Longest rays of pectoral 2.2-2.5 in head. Longest rays of dorsal and anal fins 2.3-2.7, and 3.0-3.4 respectively in head length. Caudal peduncle longer than deep.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: i, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: i, 8-9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 13-14.

Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders, nesters.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Canthigaster bennetti de Beaufort and Briggs, 1962
Canthigaster constellatus Kendall & Goldsborough, 1911
(Junior synonym)
Tetrodon ocellatus Bennett, 1830
(Junior synonym)
Tropidichthys bennetti Bleeker, 1854
(Senior synonym)
Tropidichthys oxylophius Smith, 1931
(Junior synonym)
Canthigaster benetti (Bleeker, 1854)
Cathingaster benneti (Bleeker, 1854)

Common Name (s)
• Bennett's Sharpnose Puffer (English)
• Thundigu Koli (Mahl)
• Chundu (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Filamentous green algae, fleshy and coralline red algae and on benthic invertebrates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

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