Narrowlined Puffer, Arothron manilensis (Procé 1822)

Other Names: Manilla Puffer, Narrow Lined Puffer, Narrow-lined Puffer, Narrow-lined Pufferfish, Narrow-lined Toadfish, Striped Puffer

A Narrowlined Puffer, Arothron manilensis, in Bali, Indonesia . Source: Will White. License: All rights reserved

A pale greenish-grey to brownish puffer with narrow yellowish to dark brown stripes on sides, and a large black spot around the pectoral-fin base and gill opening.

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Narrowlined Puffer, Arothron manilensis (Procé 1822)

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Recorded in Australia from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, to Sydney, New South Wales;  also Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea. Found elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.

Inhabits seagrass beds, weedy areas, and silty sand areas near reefs. Juveniles often shelter amongst mangroves.

Similar Species

Often misidentified as Arothron immaculatus.

Species Citation

Tetrodon manilensis Procé, 1822, Bull. Soc. Philomath. Paris 1822: 130. Type locality: Bay of Manila, Philippines.


Dianne J. Bray

Narrowlined Puffer, Arothron manilensis (Procé 1822)


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CAAB Code:37467020


Depth:1-50 m

Habitat:Estuaries, reefs

Max Size:31 cm TL

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