Takifugu vermicularis (Temminck & Schlegel, 1850)
Purple puffer
photo by CAFS

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Tetraodontinae
Max. size:  30 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan to the East China Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-15; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 10-13. Body without prickles. Brown vermiculations dorsally, white ventrally. Pectoral and dorsal fins yellow; anal fin white; caudal fin yellow with dark rays (Ref. 559).
Biology:  Occurs near shore (incl. semi-enclosed sea areas), and in estuaries (Ref. 11230). Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 10 June 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  poisonous to eat
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 25.05.94
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13

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