Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla (McCulloch & Waite 1915)


Other Names: Ringed Puffer, Ringed Pufferfish, Ringed Toado

Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla, at Fortescue Bay, Tasmania. Source: William T. White. License: All rights reserved

Summary:

An easily recognised toadfish with a narrow black ring almost surrounding the pectoral-fin base. Body oval-shaped and densely covered in small spines to the tail base; snout somewhat pointed, chin not prominent.

Some pufferfishes are extremely poisonous and this species should not be eaten.


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Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla (McCulloch & Waite 1915)

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Distribution

Endemic to temperate waters of the southern half of Australia, from about Botany Bay, New South Wales, to Shoal Point, Western Australia and northern Tasmania. The Ringed Toadfish is relatively common in the  southwest, and is rarely seen in Tasmanian waters.

Inhabits sandy bottoms and rocky reefs in bays, estuaries and along the coast, at depths of 1-146 m.

Features

Meristic features: Dorsal fin rays 11-13; Anal fin rays 9-11; Caudal fin rays 11; Pectoral fin rays 20-23.

Body elongate, rounded, densely covered in small spines to tail base; chin not prominent; nostril with single small tentacle; pectoral fin small, somewhat bilobed.

Size

To 25 cm.

Colour

Pale to medium brown or grey above, pale below, with a thin, black ring around the pectoral-fin base. Adult males with blue spots on head and sides, and a thin, blue margin around the black ring.

Feeding

Carnivore - feeds on benthic invertebrates.

Fisheries

Of no interest to fisheries, although may be taken as bycatch in commercial trawls.

Conservation

  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Remarks

Some pufferfishes are extremely poisonous, concentrating highly poisonous toxin in their internal organs, but also sometimes in the skin and blood. This species should not be eaten.

Species Citation

Tetraodon armilla Waite, E.R. & McCulloch, A.R. 1915. The fishes of the South Australian Government trawling cruise, 1914. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 39: 455-476 fig. 1 pls 12-15 [475, pl. 15].   Type locality: Great Australian Bight

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla (McCulloch & Waite 1915)

References


  • Allen, G.R. 1985. Fishes of Western Australia. Book 9. 2207-2534 526 pls in Burgess, W.E. & Axelrod, H.R. (eds). Pacific Marine Fishes. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications.
  • 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.
  • Hardy, G.S. & Hutchins, J.B. 1981. On the validity of the pufferfish genus Omegophora Whitley (Tetraodontidae) with description of a new species. Records of the Western Australian Museum 9(2): 187-201 figs 1-3
  • 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.
  • Matsuura, K. 2008. Families Ostraciidae, Tetraodontidae. pp. 842-856 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.
  • Thomson, J.M. 1978. A Field Guide to the Common Sea & Estuary Fishes of Non-tropical Australia. Sydney : Collins 144 pp.
  • Waite, E.R. & McCulloch, A.R. 1915. The fishes of the South Australian Government trawling cruise, 1914. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 39: 455-476 fig. 1 pls 12-15

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37467002

Danger:Poisonous

Depth:1-146 m

Habitat:Sandy bottoms, seagrass beds, rocky reefs

Max Size:25 cm

Native:Endemic

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