Cheeseman's Puffer, Lagocephalus cheesemanii (Clarke 1897)

Cheeseman's Puffer, Lagocephalus cheesemanii. Source: Ken Graham / NSW Fisheries. License: All rights reserved

A dark brown to brownish-black puffer with a dark brown to black tail with white tips and the middle fin rays elongated, and the spinules on the back forming a rhomboidal patch extending from the region between the nasal organ to the rear part of the pectoral fin.

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Cheeseman's Puffer, Lagocephalus cheesemanii (Clarke 1897)

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East of Swains Reefs, Queensland, to off Narooma, New South Wales; also New Zealand. Inhabits the continental shelf over sandy or muddy bottoms; juveniles may occur in estuaries.


Feeds on molluscs, crustaceans and fishes.

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Lagocephalus cheesemanii differs from other species of Lagocephalus in having the following combination of characters: spinules on the back in a rhomboidal patch extending from the region between the nasal organ to the posterior part of the pectoral fin; caudal fin double emarginate with middle rays posteriorly produced; dorsal-fin rays 11–15; anal-fin rays 11–14; pectoral-fin rays 15–18; vertebrae 8?11=19; dorsal half of the body dark brown to brownish black; caudal fin dark brown to black with dorsal and ventral white tips (Matsuura & Satoh 2016).


Dianne J. Bray

Cheeseman's Puffer, Lagocephalus cheesemanii (Clarke 1897)


Matsuura K, Satoh TP (2016) Redescription of Lagocephalus cheesemanii (Clarke 1897), a senior synonym of Lagocephalus gloveri Abe and Tabeta 1983, based on morphological and genetic comparisons (Actinopterygii: Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae). Ichthyological Reseearch: 7pp. DOI 10.1007/s10228-016-0547-2

Shao, K., Liu, M., Jing, L., Hardy, G., Leis, J.L. & Matsuura, K. 2014. Lagocephalus cheesemanii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. . Downloaded on 12 March 2015.

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CAAB Code:37467065

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient


Depth:0-200 m

Habitat:Pelagic, coastal waters

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