Orangespotted Puffer, Torquigener vicinus Whitley 1930

Other Names: Orange-spotted Pufferfish

Orangespotted Puffer, Torquigener vicinus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A greyish-brown puffer becoming whitish below with irregular pale markings on the back that are not surrounded by small dark spots to form rosettes.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Torquigener vicinus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Feb 2024,

Orangespotted Puffer, Torquigener vicinus Whitley 1930

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Albany in the south, to Shark Bay.

Similar Species

The similar Rusty-spotted Toadfish, Torquigener pallimaculatus has pale rounded spots, surrounded by dark spots or specks, forming a rosette pattern.


The specific name is from the Latin vicinus (= near, neighboring) presumably in reference to the similarity of this species to Torquigener tuberculiferus tuberculiferus.

Species Citation

Torquigener tuberculiferus vicinus Whitley 1930, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 10(1): 31. Type locality: between Cape Naturaliste and Geraldton, Western Australia.
Subspecific name proposed for specimen described and figured by McCulloch 1915: 168, Pl. 34 (fig. 1).


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Orangespotted Puffer, Torquigener vicinus Whitley 1930


Hardy, G.S. 1983. Revision of Australian species of Torquigener Whitley (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae), and two new generic names for Australian puffer fishes. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 13(1/2): 1-48 figs 1-18

Hutchins, J.B. 1979. A guide to the marine fishes of Rottnest Island. Perth : Creative Research 103 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. 1997. Checklist of fishes of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. pp. 239-253 in Wells, F. (ed.) The Marine Fauna and Flora of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Thompson, M. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 103 pp. 345 figs. 

Liu, M., Jing, L., Hardy, G., Leis, J.L., Shao, K. & Matsuura, K. 2014. Torquigener vicinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T193614A2248012. Downloaded on 22 February 2021.

McCulloch, A.R. 1915. Report on some fishes obtained by the F.I.S. Endeavour on the coasts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South and South-Western Australia. Part 3. Biological Results of the Fishing Experiments carried on by the F.I.S. Endeavour 1909-1914 3(3): 97-170 figs 1-3 pls 13-37 (as Spheroides tuberculiferus in part)

Whitley, G.P. 1930. Ichthyological miscellanea. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 10(1): 8-31 fig. 1 pl. 1 See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37467063

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Depth:0-33 m

Habitat:Sandy & muddy areas


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