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Canthigaster (Tobies/Sharpnose Puffers)

Canthigaster pygmaea

Allen & Randall, 1977

Pygmy Toby

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Western Indian Ocean: Endemic to the Red Sea.

Size: 3 inches (6 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits caves in coral reefs and usually found at depths between 6 to 100 feet (2 - 30 m) where it feeds mainly on benthic invertebrate and some algae.

General Husbandry: Not normally collected for the trade.


    Order: Tetraodontiformes

    Suborder: Tetraodontoidei

    Family: Tetraodontidae

    Subfamily: Canthigastrinae

    Genus: Canthigaster

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

 Canthigaster pygmaea (Pygmy Toby)
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