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  Clown Toby (Canthigaster callisterna)





Clown Toby | Canthigaster callisterna photo
Clown toado

Image by Ian Skipworth - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



CLOWN TOBY FACTS

Description
The top half of the Clown Toby is yellowish or brownish with many fine blue spots and fine lines. The bottom half is white or yellow with fainter spotting. Along the centre there are two parallel dark stripes with a white stripe in between that run the length of the body. It has been recorded that the dark stripes often fade in males, and can disappear altogether when courting. Often seen in pairs.

Size
length to 23cm

Habitat
deep coastal and offshore reefs to depths of 250 m

Food
Feeds on algae, corals, bryozoans, echinoderms, molluscs.

Range
The Clown Toby is found in the Southwest Pacific including Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, New Caledonia. In Australia it is found around the New South Wales coast.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Tetraodontiformes
Family:Tetraodontidae
Genus:Canthigaster
Species:callisterna
Common Name:Clown Toby

Relatives in same Genus
  Saddled Puffer (C. valentini)