Arothron mappa   (Lesson,  1831) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 23.0 cm - 65.0 cm

Color: Body yellowish grey with highly irregular black bands, many forming a reticulum, black area around anus, a large irregular black blotch around gill opening and pectoral fin base. Lower third of the body white with faint reticulum of yellow. Irregular black lines radiating from eye.

Body heavy, broad and covered with prickles. Small, bifid, solid nasal tentacle before each eye. Head and body covered with small spinules except for region around mouth, base of the fins and caudal peduncle. Dorsal and anal fins rounded. Caudal fin slightly rounded.

Dorsal spines (total): 0-0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 10-11.

Synonym (s)
Tetrodon mappa Lesson, 1827
Tetraodon mappa Lesson, 1831
(Senior synonym)
Tetrodon mappa Lesson, 1831

Common Name (s)
• Map Puffer (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
Poisonous to eat)
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic invertebrates, benthic algae/weeds, sponges


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mayabunder INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Devi, K and Rao, DV (2003) Poisonous and venomous fishes of Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 211 Records of The Zoolgical Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 25934 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Kumar, RR and Edward, JKP (2005) Comparative study on the fish assemblages in natural and artificial reefs in Tuticorin, Gulf of Mannar, Southeast coast of India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 99-104 Available at -
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (1992) New records of tetraodontiform fishes from Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 8(1) 115-120 Available at - NIO, Goa

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