Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

Other Names: Lined Toado, Reticulated Pufferfish, Reticulated Toadfish

A Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis, in the Birch Aquarium. Source: Ross Robertson / Shorefishes of the Neotropics. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A greenish-brown puffer with many white lines, spots and reticulations above, white lines around the eye and gill opening, and lower sides ans belly white with greenish-brown lines curving upwards on sides of head; pectoral fin base black, often with pale lines, and white pigment surrounding the anus. Fins greenish-brown, caudal fin with pale spots.

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Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

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Recorded from the Dampier Archipelago to Kalumburu, Western Australia, and from Cape York, Queensland to Brisbane Waters near Sydney, New South Wales. Found elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.
Found on shallow coastal reefs near sand or weed areas, and in estuaries and protected bays. Juveniles often occur amongst mangroves and the lower reaches of streams.

Similar Species

Differs from Arothron hispidus in having curved pale and dark lines or bands on the snout, cheek and belly rather than white spots.

Species Citation

Tetraodon reticularis Bloch & Schneider, 1801, Systema Ichthyologiae: 506. Type locality: Malabar and Tranquebar, India.


Dianne J. Bray

Reticulate Toadfish, Arothron reticularis (Bloch & Schneider 1801)


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CAAB Code:37467021


Depth:1-25 m

Habitat:Reefs & estuaries

Max Size:45 cm SL

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