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Characteristics of Takifugu pardalis

Takifugu pardalis

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scientific name

Takifugu pardalis


Tetraodon pardalis

First characterisation

1850 von Temminck & Schlegel


Fish size

~ 30 cm


9 - 12




11 - 14

Keine Stacheln am Körper, dunkle Grundfärbung mit einem hellen grobmaschigen und unregelmässigen Netz, heller Bauch, die Schwanzflosse ist dunkel. Alle anderen Flossen zeigen ein Orange.

“Body oblong without prickles, covered with small rounded elevations of skin. Dorsal ½ of body pale-brown with many blackish spots, white ventrally. Pectoral, dorsal and anal fins dull orange; caudal fin blackish. (Masuda (u.a.) 1984, S. 364)






23 °C - 26 °C



Additional fishfood information

„The puffer, Takifugu pardalis, is a common coastal species from southern Hokkaido to the East China Sea and Yellow Sea (...). At Aburatsubo in central Japan, T. pardalis is one of the dominant fishes in Zostera beds, coexisting with many other fishes associated with seagrass beds (...) The puffer consumed a variety of food, including small invertebrates, detritus, eggs and seagrass fronds. Gammaridean amphipods, gastropods and bivalves were the most important prey items, followed by detritus, the 4 categories constituting 70.4% of the stomach contents by volume. (...) The diet of Takifugu pardalis from Aburatsubo consisted mainly of gastropods and gammaridean amphipods. Such prey is similar to that of the congeneric species, T. niphobles, inhabiting

Zostera beds in Mihara Bay, Hiroshima (...) and in Tomioka Bay, Amakusa (...). Differences in diet among the size classes of T. pardalis were apparent. Small juveniles (...) fed predominantly on small crustaceans, most of the latter probably being epiphytic species, since small juvenile T. pardalis have been observed actively foraging on leaves (...) and Zostera fronds were found in their stomachs. The contribution of small crustaceans in the diet was smaller in

larger puffers, while that of benthic prey, such as bivalves and gastropods, was larger. This difference in the diet among size classes may partly result from the developement of the beak-like dentition in T. pardalis. Teeth of (...) juveniles

were not completely fused to each other, whereas in the other size classes (...), the teeth formed two thick, beak-like plates in each jaw (...). Such heavy teeth plates enable the crushing of armoured organisms (...).“ (Horinouchi 1996, S. 1-3)

Basin size

176 imp.gal.


Diese Art ist bewiesenermaßen giftig (vergleiche Masuda (u.a.) 1984, S. 364).


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17-05-2008 01:16


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