Lantern Toby, Canthigaster epilampra (Jenkins 1903)

Other Names: Bluespotted Toby, Grey-top Puffer

A Lantern Toby, Canthigaster epilampra, at Menjangan Island, Bali, Indonesia . Source: Zsispeo / Flickr . License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike


A small brownish puffer, paler below, with bright yellow and blue radiating lines around the eye, small blue spots on the body, a yellow spot above the pectoral fin base, and a yellow tail with blue streaks.

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Lantern Toby, Canthigaster epilampra (Jenkins 1903)

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from the Australian Territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Found from Christmas Island to the Hawaiian and Society islands, north to southern Japan, south to Tonga and Rarotonga.

Species Citation

Tropidichthys epilamprus Jenkins, 1903, Bull. U. S. Fish Comm. 22: 486, fig. 3. Type locality: Hawaiian Islands.


Dianne J. Bray

Lantern Toby, Canthigaster epilampra (Jenkins 1903)


Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1979. The Fishes of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Aust. Natl. Parks Wldlf. Ser. Spec. Publ. 2. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service 81 pp. 15 pls.

Jenkins, O.P. 1903. Report on collections of fishes made in the Hawaiian Islands, with descriptions of new species. Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission 22: 417-511 figs 1-50 pls 1-4

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37467039


Depth:15-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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