Northern Toadfish, Torquigener hypselogeneion (Bleeker 1852)

Other Names: Cheek-barred Toadfish, Orange-spotted Toadfish

A Northern Toadfish, Torquigener hypselogeneion, at Ambon, Indonesia. Source: Andrey Ryanskiy / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A dark brown with pale greenish spots above, with a pale yellow midsection and white below.

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Northern Toadfish, Torquigener hypselogeneion (Bleeker 1852)

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Northern and central QLD (14°41'S to 18°24'S); elsewhere in the Indo-west Pacific. Occurs in small groups on shallow coastal sand flats and seagrass beds in estuaries. Often buries in the sand during the day with only the eyes exposed.

Species Citation

Tetraodon hypselogeneion Bleeker, 1852, Verhandel. Batav. Genoots. Kunst. Wetensch. 24: 24. Type locality: Ambon, Moluccas and Wahai, Ceram, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Northern Toadfish, Torquigener hypselogeneion (Bleeker 1852)


Bleeker, P. 1852. Bijdrage tot de kennis der Makreelachtige visschen van den Soenda-Molukschen Archipel. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen 24: 1-93.

Grant, E.M. 1991. Fishes of Australia. Brisbane : EM Grant Pty Ltd 480 pp.

Hardy, G.S. 1983. The status of Torquigener hypselogeneion (Bleeker) (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) and some related species, including a new species from Hawaii. Pacific Science 37(1): 65-74.

Kuiter R.W. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Masuda, H., Amaoka, K., Araga, C., Uyeno, T. & Yoshino, T. (eds) 1984. The Fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Tokyo : Tokai University Press Vol. 1–2 437 pp. 247 figs 370 pls.

Shao, K., Liu, M., Jing, L., Hardy, G., Leis, J.L. & Matsuura, K. 2014. Torquigener hypselogeneion. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. . Downloaded on 13 July 2015.

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CAAB Code:37467058

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Depth:0-40 m

Max Size:10 cm TL

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