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Species: Sphoeroides kendalli, Slick puffer

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between eyes convex
upper head & body - small dark spots
skin without spines

Sphoeroides kendalli Meek & Hildebrand, 1928

Slick Puffer

Body oblong, thick, inflatable; head compressed; snout ~ 47% of head length; between eyes slightly convex, width < 2.5x snout length;nasal organ on each side a short papilla with 2 small holes at end; eyes high on sides of head; 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 and anal fins 6-9; no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin edge usually straight to convex, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin without spines, no fleshy skin flaps.

Grey to dark brown above, white below; a broad band of small dark spots on side above midline, from snout to tail base; all fins pale greenish, outer margin of tail dusky.

Size: 18 cm.

Habitat: demersal on soft bottoms, in bays.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Costa Rica to northern Peru.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Panamic province endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 18
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20