Canthigaster coronata

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Canthigaster coronata
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Canthigaster coronata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Canthigaster
Species: C. coronata
Binomial name
Canthigaster coronata
(Vaillant & Sauvage, 1875)

Canthigaster coronata, commonly called the crowned toby, is a species of pufferfish endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade.

Description[edit]

The crowned toby grows to a size of 14 cm in length. Its back has three dark brown saddles that may have reminded Hawaiians of lava flows, hence the species being known by its Hawaiian name pu'u olai, meaning "cinder cone". Yellow dots cover much of the whitish bodies, while blue and yellow lines radiate from their eyes.[1]

Related species[edit]

Canthigaster cyanospilota and C. axiologus were once synonymized with C. coronata to give the crowned toby an Indo-Pacific distribution, but Randall et al. (2008) found C. cyanospilota and C. axiologa to sufficiently distinct from C. coronata to be revalidated.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoover, John P. (2008). The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes, Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, and Seals. Mutual Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56647-887-8.
  2. ^ Randall, J.E., J.T. Williams and L.A. Rocha, 2008. The Indo-Pacific tetraodontid fish Canthigaster coronata, a complex of three species. Smithiana, Publ. Aquatic Biodiv. Bull. 9:3-13.