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Puffer-like fishLactoria sp

Cow Fish at South Pacific Heathland Reserve

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Lactoria sp at South Pacific Heathland Reserve - 19 Aug 2017
Lactoria sp at South Pacific Heathland Reserve - 19 Aug 2017
Lactoria sp at South Pacific Heathland Reserve - 19 Aug 2017

Identification history

Puffer-like fish Lactoria sp 31 Oct 2019 Mike Leggett
Lactoria diaphana 9 Oct 2019 AndrewG
Unidentified 6 Jun 2018 Charles Dove

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Author's notes

This was washed in Thinking it to be some sort of Box Fish (toxic)

7 comments

AndrewG wrote:
   7 Jun 2018
Tough to ID but agree it's a cowfish/boxfish (Ostraciidae or Aracanidae). If I had to take a punt I'd go for Tetrasomus gibbosus (humpback turret fish) because of the heavy mainly hexagonal pattern.
Charles Dove765 wrote:
   7 Jun 2018
Not one you see everyday
AndrewG wrote:
   7 Jun 2018
Supposed to be common but I've never seen a live one (or even a whole dead one) in the water, assuming I was right on the species.
AndrewG wrote:
   9 Oct 2019
Changing my mind and now think this is Lactoria diaphana. See:
AndrewG wrote:
   9 Oct 2019
Sorry, see: http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/838
   31 Oct 2019
Given the deterioration following expiration and some doubt about this amazing group of fish, I'll create a Lactoria sp
AndrewG wrote:
   1 Nov 2019
Happy with that and thanks for adding the genus

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Egretta novaehollandiae (White-faced Heron) at South Pacific Heathland Reserve - 23 Jul 2014 by Charles Dove
Egretta sacra (Eastern Reef Egret) at South Pacific Heathland Reserve - 16 Jun 2014 by Charles Dove
Egretta sacra (Eastern Reef Egret) at South Pacific Heathland Reserve - 24 May 2014 by Charles Dove

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 19 Aug 2017 Recorded on
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