green puffer ) Hamilton, 1822
*aka: green spotted
puffer, spotted puffer, leopard puffer, yellow puffer, common puffer.
green puffer (T. fluviatilis)
||India, Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam
|| 7.5 - 8.5
|| 75 - 82F (24
|| 9- 20 dH
|| brackish to full
6 inches (15 cm)
a water pufferfish from southeast Asia. It
inhabits estuaries, backwaters, and other slow-moving bodies of water.
These puffers prefer shaded areas and feed on mollusks, invertebrates,
and fry. It will scavenge as well, feeding on carrion from time to
time. Its diet has also been known to include limited types of plants.
The female lays a clutch of 150-200 eggs onto a flat surface and guards
them until hatched. There have been reports of fry being guarded
as well. Both males and females of this species exhibit dioecism.
are notorious fin-nippers. They can be quite aggressive with other fish,
and should be given lots of room in their tank.
One of the
most commonly sold puffers, it is often confused with t. nigroviridis,
and also t. schoutedeni. In short, T. fluviatilis
is torpedo-shaped with a smooth belly, while T. nigroviridis and
schoutedeni are more club-shaped, with T. schoutedeni having
backward pointing spines along its underbelly. Identifying these
similar looking fish is important, since one is brackish and the others
are fresh. You can view an in-depth differentiation of these species
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