Redstripe Toadfish, Tetraodon erythrotaenia Bleeker 1853

Other Names: Redlined Pufferfish, Red-striped Toadfish, Samurai Puffer

A Redstripe Toadfish, Tetraodon erythrotaenia, from Poka, Ambon, Indonesia. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small brownish puffer with a pale underside and an orange to reddish stripe along the upper part of the pale area.
Video of Redstripe Toadfish (aka Samurai Puffers) in an aquarium.

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Redstripe Toadfish, Tetraodon erythrotaenia Bleeker 1853

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Weipa in the Gulf of Carpentaria, to the Escape River estuary, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific. Usually inhabits brackish waters especially amongst mangroves, but also in freshwater parts of tidal creeks and rivers.

Species Citation

Tetraodon erythrotaenia Bleeker 1853, Natuurk. Tijdschr. Nederl. Indië 5: 174. Type locality: Sulawesi or Ambon Is., Indonesia. 


Bray, D.J.


Australian Faunal Directory

Redstripe Toadfish, Tetraodon erythrotaenia Bleeker 1853


Allen, G.R. 1991. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of New Guinea. Madang : Christensen Research Institute 268 pp.

Bleeker, P. 1853. Vierde Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van Celebes. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 5: 153-174.

Dekkers, W.J. 1975. Review of the Asiatic freshwater puffers of the genus Tetraodon Linnaeus, 1758 (Pisces, Tetraodontiformes, Tetraodontidae). Bijdragen tot de Dierkunde 45(1): 87-142 figs 1-42 

Hardy, G.S. 1981. New records of pufferfishes (family Tetraodontidae) from Australia and New Zealand, with notes on Sphoeroides pachygaster (Müller and Troschel) and Lagocephalus scleratus (Gmelin). Records of the National Museum of New Zealand 1(20): 311-316 figs 1-2 

Kottelat, M. 2013. The fishes of the inland waters of Southeast Asia: a catalogue and core bibliography of the fishes known to occur in freshwaters, mangroves and estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Suppl. 27: 1-663. (as Dichotomyctere erythrotaenia)

Kottelat, M., Whitten, A.J., Kartikasari, S.N. & Wirjoatmodjo, S. 1993. Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi. Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. 221 pp.
Roberts, T.R. 1978. An ichthyological survey of the Fly River in Papua New Guinea with descriptions of new species. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 281: 1-72 figs 1-39

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37467031

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Estuaries, mangroves

Max Size:8.5 cm TL

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