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Species: Canthigaster valentini, Black-saddled sharpnose-puffer, Valentini's sharpnose-puffer

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white + 2 black saddles & 2 black bars

Canthigaster valentini (Bleeker, 1853)

Black-saddled sharpnose-puffer, Valentini's sharpnose-puffer

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; anal rays 9; pectoral rays 16-17; 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.

Whitish; small brown spots on sides of body and head; short blue lines extend to rear from eye; dark brown saddle on nape immediately behind eye, 2 long brown bars on body, dark brown saddle on upper tail base; tail fin yellow, upper and lower edges black.

Size: 11 cm.

Habitat: reefs.

Depth: 1-55 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant in the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Corals
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Omnivore
  • Sponges/seasquirts/bryozoa
  • Sessile crustacea
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
  • Sessile worms
  • Soft corals/hydroids
  • Sessile molluscs
  • No Data
  • Benthic microalgae
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • All species
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 55