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Tetraodon fluviatilis
(green-spotted puffer fish)

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Tetraodon fluviatilis (green-spotted puffer fish)

Summary

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  • 10 December 2019
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  • Invasive Species
  • Host Animal
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Tetraodon fluviatilis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • green-spotted puffer fish
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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Tetraodon fluviatilis Hamilton, 1822

Preferred Common Name

  • green-spotted puffer fish

Other Scientific Names

  • Arothron dorsovittatus Blyth, 1860
  • Chelonodon fluviatilis Hamilton, 1822
  • Dichotomycterus rangoonensis Le Danois, 1959
  • Dichotomycterus rangoonensis dorsovittatus Blyth, 1860
  • Tetrodon fluviatilis Hamilton, 1822

International Common Names

  • English: green puffer fish; round-spotted puffer fish

Local Common Names

  • Bangladesh: potka
  • Cambodia: trey kampot
  • Philippines: buktit; butete; butiti
  • Poland: kolcobrzuch zielony
  • Russian Federation: zelenyi tetraodon
  • Sri Lanka: common puffer
  • UK: tital puffer fish
  • Vietnam: cá nóc

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Description

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Tetraodon fluviatilis has a pear-shaped body and two forked nasal tentacles and a body covered with small spines. The body colour is variable, but generally the back is green with large black spots having pale borders (Hunnam et al., 1989). The underside is usually white or grey. T. fluviatilis grows to a total length of 17.0 cm (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991).

Distribution

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Tetraodon fluviatilis is mainly found in Asia including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Borneo (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991). It is also recorded in the Mekong Delta (Rainboth, 1996).

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Asia

BangladeshPresentNative
CambodiaPresentNative
IndiaPresentNative
IndonesiaPresentNative
LaosPresentNative
MyanmarPresentNative
Sri LankaPresentNative
VietnamPresentNative

Europe

CzechiaPresent

Natural Food Sources

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Food SourceFood Source DatasheetLife StageContribution to Total Food Intake (%)Details
benthic algae/weeds Adult/Fry
detritus Adult/Fry
nekton Adult/Fry
zoobenthos Adult/Fry

Climate

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ClimateStatusDescriptionRemark
A - Tropical/Megathermal climate Preferred Average temp. of coolest month > 18°C, > 1500mm precipitation annually

Air Temperature

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Parameter Lower limit Upper limit
Mean annual temperature (ºC) 24 28

Water Tolerances

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ParameterMinimum ValueMaximum ValueTypical ValueStatusLife StageNotes
Hardness (mg/l of Calcium Carbonate) 10 dh 24 dh Optimum Adult
Water pH (pH) 7.0 7.6 Optimum Adult
Water temperature (ºC temperature) 24 28 Optimum Adult

Uses List

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Human food and beverage

  • Fresh meat
  • Frozen meat

References

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Arkhipchuk VV, 1999. Chromosome database. Database of Dr. Victor Arkhipchuk. Ukraine

FishBase, 2004. Entry for Tetraodon Fluviatilis. Main ref. Talwar PK, Jhingran AG, 1991. Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries. Volume 2. Rotterdam: AA Balkema, 1055-1056. Online at www.fishbase.org. Accessed 10 May 2004

Hunnam P, Milne A, Stebbing P, 1989. The living aquarium. Online at http://home.earthlink.net/~snebluemoon/DataHunnam.html. Accessed 10 May 2004

Khoa TT, Huong TTT, 1993. Dinh Loai Cá Nuóc Ngot Vùng Dông Bang Sông Cuu Long. Khoa Thuy San Truong Dai Hoc Can Tho, 3-8

Lee ET, 1997. Puffer fish, Tetraodon fluviatilis. Online at www.aquariumfish.com.my/fishnotes/puffer.html. Accessed 10 May 2004

Lim P, Lek S, Touch ST, Mao SO, Chhouk B, 1999. River (Cambodia, Southeast Asia). Aquatic Living Resources, 12:379-386

NBFGR, 1998. Fish chromosome atlas. Lucknow, India: National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources Special Publication, No. 1, 332 pp

Pethiyagoda R, 1991. Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka. The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 362 pp

Rahman AKA, 1989. Freshwater fishes of Bangladesh. Zoological Society of Bangladesh. Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, 364 pp

Rainboth WJ, 1996. FAO species identification field guide for fishery purposes. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. FAO species identification field guide for fishery purposes. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong., xi + 265 pp.

Taki Y, 1974. Fishes of the Lao Mekong Basin.. United States Agency for International Development Mission to Laos Agriculture Division, 232 pp

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, 2001. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Khoa TT, Huong TTT, 1993. (Dinh Loai Cá Nuóc Ngot Vùng Dông Bang Sông Cuu Long). In: Khoa Thuy San Truong Dai Hoc Can Tho, 3-8.

Lim P, Lek S, Touch ST, Mao SO, Chhouk B, 1999. River (Cambodia, Southeast Asia). In: Aquatic Living Resources, 12 379-386.

Pethiyagoda R, 1991. Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka. Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka.

Rahman AKA, 1989. Freshwater fishes of Bangladesh. In: Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka. 364 pp.

Taki Y, 1974. Fishes of the Lao Mekong Basin., United States Agency for International Development Mission to Laos Agriculture Division. 232 pp.

Links to Websites

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WebsiteURLComment
GISD/IASPMR: Invasive Alien Species Pathway Management Resource and DAISIE European Invasive Alien Species Gatewayhttps://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.m93f6Data source for updated system data added to species habitat list

Contributors

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Main Author
Sunil Siriwardena
Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, UK

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