Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Online Information System
Updated: 06/12/2008  

Contributors | Glossary | Settings  
Home General
What Fish is That?The FishesLibraryRandom ImagesGlossaryResearch Engine

Species Information          
Book mode off
  Book mode off  
Tetraodontiformes  -  Tetraodontidae  -  Sphoeroides  -  Sphoeroides angusticeps

Sphoeroides angusticeps

All Families(148) All Genera(504) All Species(1287)
narrow & concave between eyes
mid back - 2 black skin flaps + 2 dark blotches



Sphoeroides angusticeps (Jenyns, 1842)

Narrow-headed puffer,     Skin-flap puffer,     Concave puffer

Body relatively elongate, the depth ~ 29% of SL;
 head large, blunt; narrow (14-22% of snout length) and concave between eyes; snout short; nasal organ a short papilla with 2 small holes at end; eyes large, high on sides of head, raised above head profile;  jaws are a strong beak composed of 4 fused heavy powerful teeth with a central suture on each jaw; a slit-like gill opening in front of the pectoral fin base; a single short- based dorsal fin at rear of body; a similar-shaped anal fin with origin under or behind last few dorsal rays; dorsal rays 7-8, anal rays 7; no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin bluntly convex, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin,  most of body without small spinules, a pair of small black skin flaps straddling midline of back, just behind level of gill opening .

Tan to light brown with pale mottlings, white on belly;  iris and fins yellowish, basal portion of dorsal fin usually brown;  skin flaps on back black.

Size: attains 25 cm.

Habitat: usually encountered near the bottom in sandy areas.

Depth: 5-20 m.

Galapagos, with strays to Cocos and the coast of Ecuador,

  WoRMS FishBase Search OBIS Search
ITIS Catalog of Fishes Encyclopedia of Life

Questions or comments

Email STRI data manager

Print Friendly Version

© Copyright 2008 to 2015 - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Programmed by Coeus Knowledge Systems Pty Ltd