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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Tetraodontidae
Spotted green pufferfish
Tetraodon nigroviridis

Family Tetraodontidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? Those on this page were photographed at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve aquarium.They are sometimes seen in our mangroves.

Features: Grows to about 14cm, those seen 3-6cm. It has a green back with black spots. The tail fin has dark bars. Found in freshwater streams and brackish coastal areas including estuaries, alone or in small groups.

What does it eat? It eats molluscs, crustaceans and other invertebrates as well as some plants.

Human uses:
These fishes are sometimes taken for the live aquarium trade, although they can be aggressive towards tankmates and are not recommended for home aquariums. It is said that they may eat the scales and fins of other fishes. They are also used as bait.

Status and threats: Our pufferfishes are not listed as among the threatened animals of Singapore. However, like other creatures of the intertidal zone, they are affected by human activities such as reclamation and pollution. Over-collection can also have an impact on local populations.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Feb 05


Spotted green pufferfishes in Singapore

Photos of Spotted green pufferfishes for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


East Coast-Marina Bay, Oct 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Spotted green pufferfish (Tetraodon nigroviridis) at Marina East from Loh Kok Sheng on Vimeo.


Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Apr 11

leopard-spotted puffer fish @ sg buloh 10Apr2011 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.


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