Short-tail Tripodfish, Tripodichthys oxycephalus (Bleeker 1851)

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Short-tail Tripodfish, Tripodichthys oxycephalus (Bleeker 1851)

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Bay of Bengal, South China Sea including Gulf of Thailand, and Arafura Sea.
Inhabits sand and mud flats of coastal areas.


Pelvis wide between bases of pelvic-fin spines (5 to 6.6% SL), width 3.2 to 4.5 (usually slightly less than 4) in length of pelvis; caudal peduncle short, 19.2 to 23% SL.


Carnivore - feeds on benthic invertebrates. 


Dianne J. Bray

Short-tail Tripodfish, Tripodichthys oxycephalus (Bleeker 1851)


Matsuura, K. 2001. Triacanthodidae, Triacanthidae, Balistidae. pp. 3902-3928 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Matsuura, K. 2014. Taxonomy and systematics of tetraodontiform fishes: a review focusing primarily on progress in the period 1980 to 2014. Review for IPFC9 Special Issue. Ichthyological Research 62(1): 72-113. Open access DOI:10.1007/s10228-014-0444-5

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CAAB Code:37464005

Depth:to 35 m

Habitat:Sandy, muddy bottoms

Max Size:20 cm TL

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