Arothron manilensis (Marion de Procé, 1822)
Narrow-lined puffer
Arothron manilensis
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Tetraodontidae (Puffers), subfamily: Tetraodontinae
Max. size:  31 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 2 - 20 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Borneo, Philippines, and northwest Australia to Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New South Wales, Australia and Tonga.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 9-10. Body covered with prickles. Many longitudinal dark stripes on body, although the stripes sometimes faint (Ref. 559). Description: Characterized further by brownish to greenish grey dorsally, whitish to pale yellowish ventrally; short snout, 1.9-2.3 in head length; bony interorbital width 2.4-3.0 in head length; rounded caudal fin, length 2.2-3.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits muddy substrates, usually shallow coastal slopes to about 20 meters depth and in shallow estuaries (Ref. 48637). Occurs in estuaries, sheltered reef flats, and lagoons to a depth of more than 17 m. Common in seagrass beds and sandy areas; juveniles found among mangroves (Ref. 1602). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 June 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 27.01.93
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 05.04.18

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