IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: puffer (English), tumbulero (Espanol), tamboreta (Espanol), botete (Espanol)
Sphoeroides lobatus (Steindachner, 1870)

Longnose puffer,     Lobeskin puffer

Body moderately elongate, the depth ~ 29-33% of SL; snout long; narrow (19-25% of snout length) and concave between eyes; nasal organ a short papilla with 2 small holes at end; eyes large, raised above head profile at top of sides of head; jaws are a strong beak composed of 4 fused heavy powerful teeth with a central suture on each jaw; a slit-like gill opening in front of the pectoral fin base; a single short- based dorsal fin at rear of body; a similar-shaped anal fin with origin under or behind last few dorsal rays; dorsal rays 8, anal rays 6; no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin bluntly convex, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin,  small prickles covering most of body; a pair of skin flaps on top of back above pectoral fin; small triangular flaps of skin (cirri) scattered along side.

Olive on back and upper sides with brownish mottlings and numerous small blue-white spots, ventral parts white;  a horizontal row of short brown bars between dark upper body and white lower body; skin flaps on top of back black, a large black blotch behind each on. 

Size: reaches at least 30 cm.

Inhabits sandy or weedy areas. Has an effective camouflage coloration and is therefore difficult to detect on weed or rubble bottoms. Juveniles occur on deep mud bottoms.

Depth: 1-107 m.

Southern California to the lower ¾ of the Gulf of California to Chile, including Galapagos, Revillagigedos, Cocos.


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