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 pufferfish with yellowish spots and a reticulated pattern on the back, a solid yellowish to brown stripe from above pectoral fin base to caudal fin base, 4 broad vertical brownish bands on the cheek (the 2nd band below the eye), and a white underside.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Torquigener hypselogeneion in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024,

Northern Toadfish, Torquigener hypselogeneion (Bleeker 1852)

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Northern and central Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits coastal sand flats and seagrass beds in estuaries, often burying in the sand during the day with only the eyes exposed.


Feeds mainly on molluscs, fishes, crustaceans.


The specific name hypselogeneion is from the Greek "hypselos,"(= high), (= chin) in reference to the prominent, raised chin in this species.

Species Citation

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


Bray, D.J. 2021


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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 See ref at BHL

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. open access

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. (as Amblyrhynchotes hypselogeneion)

Shao, K., Liu, M., Jing, L., Hardy, G., Leis, J.L. & Matsuura, K. 2014. Torquigener hypselogeneion. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T193621A2248533. Downloaded on 07 March 2019.

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CAAB Code:37467058

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Depth:0-40 m

Habitat:Sand flats, seagrass beds

Max Size:10 cm TL

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