Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes
(Puffers and filefishes) > Tetraodontidae
(Puffers) > Tetraodontinae
Etymology: Tetraodon: Greek, tetra = four + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Mekong basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 95519)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 11. Previously considered a synonym of Tetraodon cambodgiensis but can be distinguished by the absence of small spinules or prickles on caudal peduncle and having broader head with head width at the preorbital, post orbital and nape of 54.1-59.8, 69.1-79.7 and 76.5-86.8 %HL, respectively (vs. 48.7-52.9, 60.2-67.6 and 68.5-75.0 %HL, respectively, in T. cambodgiensis) (Ref. 95519).
Found in the Mekong mainstream as well as in its large tributaries, especially in areas with rocky, sandy or muddy substrates. Often syntopic with Tetraodon suvattii and T.
baileyi (Ref. 95519).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Saenjundaeng, P., C. Grudpun and C. Vidthayanon, 2013. Validation of Tetraodon barbatus Roberts, 1998, a freshwater pufferfish (Family Tetraodontidae) from the Mekong River. Tropical Natural History 13(2):77-85. (Ref. 95519)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02455 (0.01114 - 0.05408), b=2.90 (2.72 - 3.08), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .