Prickly Toadfish, Contusus brevicaudus Hardy 1981


Other Names: Hardys Toadfish, Prickly Pufferfish

A Prickly Toadfish, Contusus brevicaudus. Source: Rudie Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A yellowish to pale grey puffer with pale greyish to brown spots and blotches on the sides and back, silvery-white below, and pale yellowish fins. 
The Prickly Toadfish differs from the Barred Toadfish in having a shorter caudal peduncle, dorsal and anal fins reaching or almost reaching the caudal-fin base, and the lower border of the eye well above the pectoral-fin base.

Pufferfishes are poisonous and should never be eaten or fed to pets.

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Dianne J. Bray, Contusus brevicaudus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1291

Prickly Toadfish, Contusus brevicaudus Hardy 1981

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Distribution

Endemic to southern Australia from Jervis Bay, New south Wales, to Rottnest Island, Western Australia, including Tasmania. Taken from 0-20 m

Etymology

The species is named brevicaudus because it has a significantly shorter caudal peduncle than Contusus richei. 

Species Citation

Contusus brevicaudus Hardy, 1981, N. Z. J. Zool. 8: 16, figs 1a, 3. Type locality: Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. 

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Prickly Toadfish, Contusus brevicaudus Hardy 1981

References


Hardy, G.S. 1981. A redescription of the pufferfish Contusus richei (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae), and description of a second species of ContususNew Zealand Journal of Zoology 8(1): 11-23. PDF

Hardy, G.S. 1994. Family Tetraodontidae. pp. 902-912, figs 795-804 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Hutchins, J.B. & Thompson, M. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 103 pp. 345 figs.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37467044

Danger:Poisonous

Habitat:Weedy, sandy areas

Max Size:1-20 m

Max Size:26 cm TL

Native:Endemic

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