Halstead's Toadfish, Reicheltia halsteadi (Whitley 1957)

A juvenile Halstead's Toadfish, Reicheltia halsteadi, at Sandy Beach, northern New South Wales, April 2014. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

An olive-green pufferfish becoming white below, with golden brown to brown blotches on the upper body, four to five indistinct darker bands across the back, and a dark patch on the caudal peduncle.
Pufferfishes are poisonous and should not be consumed by humans or fed to pets.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Reicheltia halsteadi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Apr 2021,

Halstead's Toadfish, Reicheltia halsteadi (Whitley 1957)

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South off Mackay, Queensland, to Nadgee, southern New South Wales; also at Lord Howe Island (Lord Howe Island record is based on Hardy 1982, but no specimens are known from there). 
Usually inhabits sandy areas just beyond the surf zone. 


The species is named after Dr. Bruce W. Halstead of California for his studies on poisonous and venomous fishes.

Species Citation

Sphaeroides halsteadi Whitley 1957, Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 1955–56: 70, fig. 12. Type locality: Chinamans Beach, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Halstead's Toadfish, Reicheltia halsteadi (Whitley 1957)


Hardy, G.S. 1982. Two new generic names for some Australian pufferfishes (Tetraodontiformes : Tetraodontidae), with species redescriptions and osteological comparisons. The Australian Zoologist 21(1): 1-24 figs 1-6 https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1982.001 See ref at BHL

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. 

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) 

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. 

Shao, K., Liu, M., Hardy, G., Jing, L., Leis, J.L. & Matsuura, K. 2014. Reicheltia halsteadi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T193685A2260243. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T193685A2260243.en. Downloaded on 02 October 2019.

Whitley, G.P. 1957. Ichthyological Illustrations. Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 1955–56: 56-71, figs 1-12 See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37467050

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Depth:1-80 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:16 cm TL


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