J. X. Su, Hardy & J. C. Tyler, 1986
(J. Richardson, 1854)
Feroxodon multistriatus, known as the manystriped blowfish, manystriped pufferfish, scribbled toadfish, or ferocious pufferfish, is a species in the pufferfish family, Tetraodontidae, distributed in the Indo-West Pacific. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Feroxodon.
The fish has sloping, thin, brown and white lines on the head and body curving toward the tail. The lower head, body and caudal peduncle are spotted. The maximum size is reported as 39 cm to 90 cm (3 feet).
In spite of its small size, this fish is known to make unprovoked attacks on humans, the inspiration for the common name ferocious pufferfish. One such attack near Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia, caused severe damage to the toes of a five-year-old boy.
This fish "inhabits shallow inshore waters and offshore soft bottoms. Feeds on fish and invertebrates. Highly toxic and is responsible for amputation of swimmers toes."
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- Ferocious Pufferfish Feroxodon multistriatus (Richardson, 1854). Australian Museum.
- Michael, P. Ferocious pufferfish nearly took Tom's toes while he was wading on Thursday Island. Perth Now. April 06, 2012.