Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

Other Names: Lined Toado, Reticulated Pufferfish, Reticulated Toadfish

A Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis, at Townsville, Queensland, June 2021. Source: Adam Smith / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A greenish-brown puffer with many white lines, spots and reticulations above, white lines around the eye and gill opening, and lower sides ans belly white with greenish-brown lines curving upwards on sides of head; pectoral fin base black, often with pale lines, and white pigment surrounding the anus. Fins greenish-brown, caudal fin with pale spots.

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Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

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Dampier Archipelago to Kalumburu, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Brisbane Waters near Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in east-Indo-west Pacific: India eastward to Fiji, and north to Japan.
Inhabits shallow coastal reefs near sand or weed areas, in estuaries and protected bays. Juveniles often occur amongst mangroves and in the lower reaches of streams.

Similar Species

Differs from the Stars-and-stripes Puffer, Arothron hispidus, in having curved pale and dark lines or bands on the snout, cheek and belly rather than white spots.


The specific name reticularis is from the Latin reticulum (= little net, net like) in reference to the reticulated pattern of this species.

Species Citation

Tetraodon reticularis Bloch & Schneider, 1801, Systema Ichthyologiae: 506. Type locality: Malabar and Tranquebar, India.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis (Bloch & Schneider 1801)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37467021

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Depth:1-53 m

Habitat:Reefs & estuaries

Max Size:45 cm SL

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