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Canthigaster callisterna (Clown toado).jpg
Clown toado, Canthigaster callisterna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Canthigaster
Swainson, 1839

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Canthigaster is a genus in the pufferfish family (Tetraodontidae). A fish from this genus is sometimes referred to as a "toby" (a generally accepted name that originated in Australia) or a "sharpnose puffer".[1]


There are currently 36 recognized species in this genus:[2][3]

Spider-eye puffer (Canthigaster amboinensis)
Natal toby (Canthigaster natalensis)


  1. ^ Scott W. Michael, "Tobies or Pufferfish" Retrieved 15 Jan 2013 from
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Canthigaster in FishBase. October 2012 version.
  3. ^ a b Williams, J.T., Delrieu-Trottin, E. & Planes, S. (2012): A new species of Indo-Pacific fish, Canthigaster criobe, with comments on other Canthigaster (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) at the Gambier Archipelago. Zootaxa, 3523: 80–88.