Canthigaster janthinoptera (Bleeker, 1855)
Canthigaster janthinoptera (Bleeker, 1855)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Canthigaster janthinoptera

English Name: Honeycomb toby

Creole Name:

French Name:

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 9-10; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 9-10. Many white spots scattered on body.

A small sharpnose puffer. 

Colour. Base colour brown shading to orangish-brown dorsally and around the eyes, darker brown ventrally. Green lines radiate from the eyes, breaking into 
dots dorsally and on the snout. Spots on flanks and ventrally white forming a dark matrix of the background colour. The base of the dorsal fin is marked by
a green blotch or ocellus. Pectoral and dorsal fins transparent with darker rays. Caudal fin brownish.  


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 9.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Occurs in clear lagoon and seaward reefs (depths 1-30 m). Prefers sheltered areas in the form of holes in dead and living corals. Solitary or paired. 
Feeds on sponges, polychaetes, filamentous algae and on smaller quantities of tunicates, crustaceans, echinoderms and corals. Oviparous.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. 


Photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. 
Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


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Nevill, J.E.G., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2023). Canthigaster janthinoptera, Honeycomb toby. Seychelles Seatizens.

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