Ichthyological Research

, Volume 63, Issue 4, pp 480–486 | Cite as

A new pufferfish, Arothron multilineatus (Actinopterygii: Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae), from the Indo-West Pacific

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A new pufferfish, Arothron multilineatus, is described on the basis of four specimens collected from southern Japan. It is distinguished from the other 13 species of Arothron by having many longitudinal white lines on the dark greenish-brown head and body. Underwater photographs of this new pufferfish have revealed that it is widely distributed in the tropical regions of the Indo-West Pacific including the Red Sea. A key to the species of Arothron is provided.


Tetraodontidae New species Arothron Taxonomy Distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of FishesNational Museum of Nature and ScienceTsukubaJapan

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