Fahaka pufferfish

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Fahaka pufferfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Tetraodon
Species: T. lineatus
Binomial name
Tetraodon lineatus
Linnaeus, 1758

The fahaka pufferfish (from Arabic: فهقة), also known as the Nile puffer, globe fish, lineatus puffer (Tetraodon lineatus), is a tropical freshwater pufferfish found in the upper Nile, Chad, Senegal, Gambia, Geba, Volta and Turkana basins in West, Northeast and East Africa.[1][2]


Fahaka pufferfish can reach up to 43 cm (1.4 ft) in length.[2] Like all puffers they have the ability to inflate when threatened and carry the toxin tetrodotoxin. Fahaka pufferfish, like other molluscivores, feed mainly on benthic organisms which may include freshwater mussels and snails.[2] They are typically found in large rivers, open water, weed beds and vegetated fringes.[2]


  1. ^ a b Akinyi, E., Azeroual, A., Bousso, T., Getahun, A. & Lalèyè, P. (2010). "Tetraodon lineatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). "Tetraodon lineatus" in FishBase. January 2017 version.