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Tetraodon lorteti (red-eye puffer) Tirant, 1885

*aka:  Tetraodon Somphongsi(invalid), Carinotetraodon Somphongsi(invalid), red-bellied puffer, Somophong's puffer.
 
(L-R)  Male, Female
Origin Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Indochina.
pH Range  6.5 - 7.0
Temp.   75 - 82F (24 - 28C)
Hardness  3 - 10 dH 
Salinity  freshwater
Length  to 3 inches (8 cm) 
Diet  Live food is preferred.  Juveniles sometimes feed on zooplankton.


Carinotetraodon lorteti occurs in slow moving rivers and estuaries in Asia such as the Mekong river.  As its namesake indicates, it has a trademark red pigmentation to its eyes.  Males and females are often mistaken for different species, as they have very different appearances.  Red-eyed puffers are highly aggressive, even with the opposite sex of their species.  This temperament may reduce during mating, but soon eventually resumes.  The female scatters a batch of roughly 350 eggs into the open water and neither male nor female guards them.
 
 

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