Takifugu rubripes

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Takifugu rubripes
Fugu in Tank.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Suborder: Tetraodontoidei[2]
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Takifugu
Species: T. rubripes
Binomial name
Takifugu rubripes
(Temminck & Schlegel, 1850)

Takifugu rubripes (the Japanese puffer, Tiger puffer, or torafugu (Japanese: 虎河豚), also known as Fugu rubripes) is a pufferfish in the genus Takifugu. A feature of this species is that it has a very small genome, which is used as a ‘reference’ for identifying genes and other elements in human and other vertebrate genomes. The genome was published in 2002,[3] the first vertebrate genome to be made publicly available after the human genome.


Although often known in the genomics literature as Fugu rubripes, the genus Fugu is a synonym of Takifugu,[4] hence the name Takifugu rubripes is currently used for this fish.


  1. ^ Template:IUCN2014
  2. ^ "ITIS Standard Report Page: Takifugu rubripes". Itis.gov. 2004-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  3. ^ Aparicio S, Chapman J, Stupka E, Putnam N, Chia JM, Dehal P, Christoffels A, Rash S, Hoon S, Smit A, et al. (2002). "Whole-genome shotgun assembly and analysis of the genome of Fugu rubripes". Science. 297: 1301–1310. doi:10.1126/science.1072104. PMID 12142439. 
  4. ^ Keiichi Matsuura (1990). "The pufferfish genus Fugu Abe, 1952, a junior subjective synonym of Takifugu Abe, 1949". Bull. Natn. Sci. Mus., Tokyo, Ser. A. 16: 15–20. 

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