Colomesus psittacus ( Banded puffer) Bloch & Schneider, 1801

*aka:  Tetrodon psittacus (invalid), parrot puffer, zebra puffer,
C. psittacus, the Banded puffer

Origin  Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Trinidad, Venezuela, Suriname
pH Range  7.0
Temp.   73.4 - 78.8F (23 - 26C)
Hardness  10dH
Salinity  freshwater, brackish, marine
Length  to 12 inches (30 cm) 
Diet  live (some may accept frozen)

C. psittacus lives on soft bottomed waters ranging from the Gulf of Paria to the Amazon River in Brazil.  It is here that it feeds on the normal puffer fare, mainly mollusks and invertebrates.  As its range dictates, it is highly adaptable to different water conditions.  The banded puffer is covered in spines (except for its "nose", tail, and near the pectoral fins).  This puffer is often confused with Colomesus asellus, due to the black bands that transverse its dorsal region.

*Limited data available on this puffer.  If you have additional information, please email Puffernet.

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