Netted Toby (species: Canthigaster papua) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Canthigaster papua
Netted Toby

©Anne Hoggett: Canthigaster papua at Lizard Island (20 Feb 2016)

©Simon Gingins: Canthigaster papua at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Canthigaster papua at South Island, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Tetraodontidae
Genus Canthigaster
Species Canthigaster papua



Distinguishing features

An orange/brown toby covered with small white/blue/green spots, including on tail. Spots become lines on snout and parts of back. A dark spot outlined with blue is at the base of the dorsal fin. Distinctive orange patch around mouth.


  • Up to 9 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

  • Hempson, T.N., N.A.J. Graham, M.A MacNeil, A.S. Hoey and G.R. Almany (2018). Mesopredator trophodynamics on thermally stressed coral reefs, Coral Reefs, LIRS catalog number 2167.
  • Leis, J.M., B.M. Carson-Ewart and J. Webley (2002). Settlement behaviour of coral-reef fish larvae at subsurface artificial-reef moorings, Marine and Freshwater Research, 53: 319-327. LIRS catalog number 720.
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