Leopard Puffer (Canthigaster leoparda)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Puffers)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 98 to 164 ft. Size: 2 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, benthic invertebrates
Natural History: The Leopard Puffer is found in deep water reef zones, usually along dropoffs. This species is a member of an entire group of fishes that lack pelvic fins, can inflate their body, have fused dentition instead of separate teeth, and have flesh that contains a poison (tetrodotoxin).
Husbandry: The Leopard Puffer will likely be aggressive with other puffers and filefishes. It is capable of biting circular holes in the fins of other fish. Only a single Leopard Puffer should be kept in an aquarium unless a female can be found. Even then, the males usually harass and nip at the females.
AKA: Leopard Sharpnose Puffer
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