Prickly Toadfish

Contusus brevicaudus

Contusus brevicaudus - Prickly Toadfish
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Size: 25 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Sandy areas, seagrass beds

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

Contusus brevicaudus - Prickly Toadfish

This uncommon puffer is cream to light brown with darker brown blotches that are generally much larger than the spots on the Smooth Toadfish (Tetractenos glaber). It is visually very similar to the even more rare Contusus richei. The easiest way to distinguish these two species is by examining the pectoral fins. In C. brevicaudus the pectoral fin base is almost entirely below the level of the eye, whereas in C. richei, a significant portion of the pectoral fin base is in line with the eye.

Further Reference

Fishes of Australia