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Species: Canthigaster janthinoptera, Green-spotted sharpnose-puffer, Honeycomb Toby

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bluish-green lines radiate from eye
+/- blue-green lines under D
body & head: dense pale blue-green spots

Canthigaster janthinoptera (Bleeker, 1855)

Green-spotted sharpnose-puffer, Honeycomb Toby

Robust, slightly compressed, inflatable body; head large, blunt; snout long and pointed; 1 pair of small hole-like nostrils; nape with crest between eyes and dorsal fin; eyes high on sides of head; jaws are a small 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 below the dorsal; dorsal 9-10 rays; anal 9-10 rays; pectoral 16-18 rays; no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin rounded to bluntly straight, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin, head and body with scattered tiny spinules, no fleshy skin flaps.

Brownish orange with close-set pale blue-green spots on head and body; several short blue-green lines radiate from eye; sometimes short blue line under dorsal fin and along top of tail base; fins unmarked, except tail fin with wiggly blue-green lines on its basal half.

Size: 9 cm.

Habitat: reefs.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant in the Galapagos, western Panama, Malpelo and Gorgona Island, Colombia.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Omnivore
  • Soft corals/hydroids
  • Sessile molluscs
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
  • Hard corals
  • Data
  • Sponges/seasquirts/bryozoa
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Sessile crustacea
  • Sessile worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • All species
  • TEP non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • All species
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30