Valenti Puffer (Canthigaster valentini)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Puffers)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 3 to 180 ft. Size: 4 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Filamentous green and red algae, tunicates, coral polyps, bristleworms, molluscs, echinoderms
Natural History: The Valenti Puffer is found on rocky substrates and coral heads of subtidal lagoons and seaward reefs. It is territorial and haremic. A mimic filefish (Paraluteres prionurus) often swims with this species in shoals of up to 100 or more fish. 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 Valentini 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 Valenti Puffer should be kept in an aquarium unless a female can be found. Even then, the males usually harass and nip at the females.
Reproduction: Males of this species will spawn with a different female each day during the breeding season. Females control small territorties within a larger male territory. The male stands guard over the females.
AKA: Black-saddled Toby, Valentin's Sharpnose Puffer
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