macaronesian sharpnose-puffer

Scientific name Canthigaster capistrata
Descriptor Lowe
Year of description 1839
IUCN category LC
Family Tetraodontidae
Genus Canthigaster
Canthigaster capistrata Canthigaster capistrata

Introduction

Canthigaster capistrata, commonly known as macaronesian sharpnose-puffer, is a salt water fish from the Temperate Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    9 cm
  • Maximum size
    11 cm
  • Average size
    9 cm
  • Maximum size
    11 cm

How to recognize the macaronesian sharpnose-puffer ?

This species belongs to the group of pufferfish. These fish are nicknamed like this because they have the ability to inflate themselves when they feel threatened.

To achieve this inflation, they swallow water and fill their stomach to more than double their volume. This is made possible by their stretchy skin. This subterfuge makes them look much more impressive to their predators. They are also much more complicated to swallow. This change in shape becomes a disadvantage for these fish that, once inflated, can hardly move.

The macaronesian sharpnose-puffer measures between 9 and 11 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu, noir, marron, beige and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The macaronesian sharpnose-puffer is a fish solitary naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the macaronesian sharpnose-puffer has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert
  • Polygamy
    Yes

The macaronesian sharpnose-puffer is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert. In this species, the dominant males are polygamous and reproduce each season with several females.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    19 - 24 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

The macaronesian sharpnose-puffer is most often found at a depth between 0m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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