Triodon macropterus Lesson, 1831, Mauritius, Indian Ocean.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Afrikaans: Drietand-blaasop; Japanese: Uchiwafugu.
Body oblong and compressed, with a well-developed ventral flap. The teeth are quite large and arranged in a beaklike plate; the lower teeth are completely fused, and the upper teeth are separated by a suture. Color is golden yellow with hints of white. There is an irregular black blotch, ringed in white, located medially at the base of the ventral flap. The dorsal and anal fins are relatively small and positioned posterior to the ventral flap. The dorsal fin has two spines and 10–12 soft rays, and the anal fin has nine to 10 soft rays. The caudal fin is slightly forked. Grows to 15.7 in (40 cm) in total length.
Tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to Indonesia and the Philippines north to Japan and south to Australia and New Caledonia.
A deep-slope demersal species found above the bottom at depths of 164–984 ft (50–300 m).
Not well known. Can inflate its body with water when threatened or attacked.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Not well known but probably feeds on benthic invertebrates.
Not well known. Probably lays demersal eggs. The larvae are pelagic.
Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
No commercial importance. May be taken incidentally for larger aquaria.
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