Netted Toby, Canthigaster papua (Bleeker 1848)

Other Names: False-eye Puffer, False-eyed Puffer, Solander's Toby, Solandri's Sharpnose Pufferfish

A Netted Toby, Canthigaster papua, at Tufi Wharf, Papua New Guinea . Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

The Netted Toby is brownish to orange with numerous small bluish-green spots on the body and tail, black-edged bluish-green lines radiating from the eye and on the head, and a black spot below the dorsal fin.

Small juvenile Common Coral Trout (Plectropomus leopardus) and Barcheek Coral Trout (Plectropomus marginatus) avoid predators by mimicing the poisonous Netted Toby.

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Dianne J. Bray, Canthigaster papua in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Oct 2021,

Netted Toby, Canthigaster papua (Bleeker 1848)


Frisch, A.J. 2006. Are juvenile coral-trouts (Plectropomus) mimics of poisonous pufferfishes (Canthigaster) on coral reefs? Marine Ecology 27: 247–252. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2006.00103.x

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CAAB Code:37467042


Depth:6-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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