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Canthigaster rostrata - Caribbean sharpnose-puffer

Canthigaster rostrata - Caribbean sharpnose-puffer  Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The Caribbean sharpnose puffer has a dark green-brown upper body and a white to gold underside that has bluish dots. Its mouth and tail fin base have bright blue lines and its goldish tail has dark edges. Sharpnose puffers grow to about 4 inches and usually feed on invertebrates and tips of seagrasses. They are found on coral reefs and in seagrass beds at depths between 5 and 100 feet.

Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Central Atlantic: South Carolina, USA and Bermuda to Tobago and the Lesser Antilles. All Canthigaster specimens so far recorded from Madeira belong to Canthigaster capistrata.

Inhabits reefs and marginal habitats such as seagrass beds.

Diet consists of seagrass, sponges, crabs and other crustaceans, mollusks, polychaete worms, sea urchins, starfishes, hydroids and algae.

Quick Fact
Sharpnose puffers have fused teeth and powerful jaws to crush the hard shells of some invertebrates.

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