compressed toby

Scientific name Canthigaster compressa
Descriptor Marion de Procé
Year of description 1822
IUCN category LC
Family Tetraodontidae
Genus Canthigaster
Canthigaster compressa Canthigaster compressa

Introduction

Canthigaster compressa, commonly known as compressed toby, is a salt water fish.

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Morphology

  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Pattern
    multiple
  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Pattern
    multiple

How to recognize the compressed toby ?

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 compressed toby measures between 10 and 12 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly bleu, orange and blanc body. The also has jaune multiple.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living as a couple
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The compressed toby is a fish living as a couple naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

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 compressed toby has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert
  • Polygamy
    Yes

The compressed toby 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.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 25 m

Biotope presentation

The compressed toby is most often found at a depth between 2m and 25m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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