Lagocephalus suezensis Clark & Gohar 1953

Lagocephalus suezensis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

In Australia, this species has often been misidentified as Lagocephalus sceleratus.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Lagocephalus suezensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Mar 2023,

Lagocephalus suezensis Clark & Gohar 1953

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Alhtough the species has been recorded in Australia from Exmouth Gulf, WA, around the tropical north, to south of Fraser Island, Queensland, the distribution is unclear due to confusion with Lagocephalus sceleratus (Hoese & Lockett 2012). 
Elsewhere the species is widespread but not common in the tropical Indo-west Pacific.  It inhabits offshore reefs, typically in shallow sandy areas surrounding reefs.


Feeds on fishes, molluscs and crustaceans.


Many pufferfishes accumulate toxins such as tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin in their skin, gonads, and liver, and should not be eaten or fed to pets.

Species Citation

Lagocephalus suezensis Clark & Gohar, 1953, Publ. Mar. Biol. Stn, Al Ghardaqa 8: 56, fig. 16. Type locality: Suez, Egypt, Gulf of Suez, Red Sea.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Lagocephalus suezensis Clark & Gohar 1953


Clark, E. & Gohar, H.A.F. 1953. The fishes of the Red Sea: Order Plectognathi. Publications of the Marine Biological Station, Al Ghardaqa 8: 1-80.

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. (misidentified as Lagocephalus sceleratus)

Hoese, D.F. & M. Lockett. 2014. lagocephalus suezensis in The Australian Faunal Directory

Iwatsubo, H., Ito, M., Nakao, K., Meguro, M., Matsunuma, M. & Motomura, H. 2009. Records of Lagocephalus suezensis (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) from southern Kyushu, Japan. Bulletin of the Biogeographical Society of Japan 64: 21-27.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. (misidentified as Lagocephalus sceleratus)

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Inform (misidentified as Lagocephalus sceleratus)

Shao, K., Liu, M., Jing, L., Hardy, G., Leis, J.L. & Matsuura, K. 2014. Lagocephalus suezensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T193628A2249591. Downloaded on 11 August 2017

Taskavak, E., M. Bilecenoglu and K.B. Kunt, 2002. Range extension of three lessepsian migrant fish (Fistularia commersonii, Sphyraena flavicauda, Lagocephalus suezensis) in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association U.K. 82(4): 525-526.

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CAAB Code:37467072

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Depth:0-120 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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