Macaronesian Sharpnose-Puffer – Canthigaster capistrata

The Macaronesian Sharpnose-Puffer is a species in the order of the Tetraodontiformes and thus belongs to the superclass of the bony fish.

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Macaronesian Sharpnose-Puffer


Canthigaster capistrata has a elongated body. Its back is green and his belly white, both separated by a black line. Its body is littered with bright blue dots, although these are multiplied on the lower half of the body. Its eyes are yellow with black pupils.

It reaches a maximum size of 25cm.

Habitat and Distribution

One finds the Macaronesian Sharpnose-Puffer lives over rocky reefs, down to a depth of 100m.

When diving in the Canaries, it can be seen at every dive.

In addition, Canthigaster capistrata is located in the Strait of Gibraltar, the Moroccan coast, Cape Verde, Madeira and the Azores.


The Macaronesian Sharpnose-Puffer lives solitaire.

Its diet consists of algae, snails, sponges, crustaceans and echinoderms.

Each of it has a series of teeth that constantly grows in the upper and lower jaw.

It is toxic and fluorescent.

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