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Temporal range: Middle Miocene to present[1]
Tetraodon mbu 2.jpg
Mbu pufferfish (T. mbu)
Fahaka pufferfish (T. lineatus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Subfamily: Tetraodontinae
Genus: Tetraodon
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Tetraodon lineatus

Tetraodon is a genus in the pufferfish family (Tetraodontidae) found in freshwater in Africa. It is the type genus of the family and historically included numerous other species; several Asian species were only moved to the genera Dichotomyctere, Leiodon and Pao in 2013.[2][3]


There are 6 recognized species in this genus:[2][3]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  2. ^ a b Kottelat, M. (2013). The Fishes of the Inland Waters of Southeast Asia: A Catalogue and Core Bibliography of the Fishes Known to Occur in Freshwaters, Mangroves and Estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 2013, Supplement No. 27: 1–663.
  3. ^ a b Eschmeyer, W. N., R. Fricke, and R. van der Laan (18 February 2017). Catalog of Fishes. Retrieved 18 February 2017.