- Photo. (c) 2022 BSS/MCSS.
Scientific Name: Canthigaster tyleri
English Name: Tyler's toby
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
Dorsal Spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 9; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 9.
Small round-bodied fish, somewhat laterally compressed. Large eyes, long snout with small terminal mouth. There is a notable dorsal hump on the nape. No scales.
The dorsal fin is small and posteriorly positioned. The pelvic fins are absent, the anal fin is small and located at the same level as the dorsal. The peduncle is broad and
the caudal fin is rarely deployed.
Colour. Head and body light tan, paler ventrally. Eyes surrounded by white ring unclosed in upper part. Dark brown to orange-brown spots about size of the pupil or smaller
cover the sides of head and body. Ventral surface scattered with small whitish spots. The snout exhibits 7-8 narrow brown bars, the anterior ones entirely encircling the
snout. Dark lines radiate from the eye forming pattern bewteen eyes and dorsally to origin of dorsal fin, including a circle in the centre of the dorsal hump. Fins
transparent. Base of pectoral fin yellow.
Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 9.0 cm TL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Coral reef-associated species which inhabits clear lagoon and seaward reefs (depth 1-40 m). Secretive, often in holes or under ledges. Feeds on a variety of algae, sponges and
small invertebrates. Oviparous. Contain a toxin in their skin, viscera and gonads. Canthigasters can also inflate their bellies with water, to increase their volume when
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.
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. (2022). Canthigaster tyleri, Tyler's toby. Seychelles Seatizens. www.seatizens.sc. https://seatizens.sc/species/canthigaster-tyleri-allen-randall-1977/
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