CAAB - Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota - Taxon report

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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Actinopterygii (class)  »  Tetraodontiformes (order)  »  Tetraodontidae (family)

CAAB Code: 37 467015 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Chelonodontops patoca   (Hamilton, 1822)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes

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Family: 37 467 Tetraodontidae (Toadfishes) - show full list
Standard Name: Milkspot Toadfish
Common Names List: mottled pufferfish
Organism Type: a toadfish
Synonyms: Chelonodon patoca [in most references prior to 2015]
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Freshwater
Coastal (0-40m)
Shelf Demersal (40-200m)
Parent Codes: 37 467916     Chelonodontops spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
Distribution map:
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Modelled distribution shown as blue polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions) Updated on 2022-01-12.
Occurrence locations [167] shown as red circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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Expected species depth range is from 0 to 42 m.
Taxon Notes:Kottelat et al 2013 noted that Chelonodontops patoca has long been placed in Chelonodon, but the type species of Chelonodon is Tetraodon cutcutia. Tyler (1980: 336) had placed T. patoca in the same genus as T. fluviatilis and related species, which he called Chelonodon. The oldest available name for a genus including T. fluviatilis is Dichotomyctere. However, T. patoca has rarely been treated as congeneric with T. fluviatilis. It is treated as belonging to a distinct genus, for which the only available name is Chelonodontops. Recent molecular analyses are congruent with this conclusion (Igarashi et al., 2013). Matsuura (2015) also agreed with this placement.
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