SizeUp to about 5 inches (13 cm)
HabitatTropical fresh and brackish waters
- Coloration is yellow-green with black stripes along its body and a white ventral region.
- A distinct black spot appears at the base of its caudal fin.
- May reach about 5 inches (13 cm) in total length.
Unlike most other freshwater puffers, the Amazon puffer does neither maintain a territory nor displays aggression toward other fishes.
- Diet consists of invertebrates – namely gastropods, insect larvae and crustaceans.
- Occurs in South America’s Amazon River basin, Orinoco River basin and Essequibo River basin, as well as Araguaia and Guapore Rivers.
- Found in tropical fresh and brackish water, typically in coastal and freshwater streams. Prefers freshwater.
- Females scatter eggs.
- Species does not exhibit parental care.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Also known as the “South American puffer.”
- J.C. Freitas (2006). “Eating habits: are we safe to consume freshwater puffer fish from the Amazon region in Brazil?” (PDF). Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases 12: 153–155. doi:10.1590/s1678-91992006000200001.