IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: puffer (English), tamboril (Espanol)
Sphoeroides rosenblatti Walker in Walker & Bussing, 1996

Oval puffer

Body oblong, thick; snout relatively short (≤ distance from eye to gill opening); very wide (23-29% head length) and convex between eyes; nasal organ a short papilla with 2 small holes at end; eyes high on sides of head; jaws are a heavy 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 7; pectoral 15-17;no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin bluntly convex, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin,  body and head spiny except in front of nostrils and on tail base; no skin flaps.

Dark grey above, tan sides, belly abruptly white; pattern of pale lines on upper body: 2 elongate ovals on center back are not preceded by a straight cross-bar, 2 narrow cross-bars between line across rear border of eyes down onto operculum, 2 lines across snout, line across back before ovals and down to pectoral base, 1-2 short lines behind dorsal fin; a broad band of small black spots along midside and often extending onto upper back, from operculum to tail base; fins except tail pale; tail inner ½ dusky, outer half black.

        Size: 30 cm.

Habitat: demersal on soft bottoms in estuaries.

        Depth: 1-20 m.

        El Salvador to Ecuador.   


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