Blackspot Toby (species: Canthigaster bennetti) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Canthigaster bennetti
Blackspot Toby

©Lloyd Shepherd: Canthigaster bennetti in the Lizard Island lagoon.

©Anne Hoggett: Canthigaster bennetti at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Canthigaster bennetti at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Tetraodontidae
Genus Canthigaster
Species Canthigaster bennetti



Distinguishing features

Dark uppersides sharply demarkated from pale lower sides. A large black ocellated spot at base of dorsal fin. Green/blue lines project from front and rear of eye.


  • Up to 10 cm (length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
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