IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: naked (English), botete (Espanol), tamboril (Espanol)
Sphoeroides lispus Walker in Walker & Bussing, 1996

Naked puffer,     Smooth puffer

Body oblong, thick; head relatively long and slender; wide and flat between eyes (distance between eyes at least 2.5x snout length); nasal organ a short papilla with 2 small holes at end; eyes high on sides of head; jaws are a strong beak composed of 4 fused heavy powerful teeth with a central suture on each jaw; a slit-like gill opening in front of the pectoral fin base; a single short- based dorsal fin at rear of body; a similar-shaped anal fin with origin under or behind last few dorsal rays; dorsal rays 8, anal rays 7; pectoral 12-15; no pelvic fins; no spines in the fins; tail fin bluntly convex, with 10 main rays; tough scaleless skin,  skin without spines, no skin flaps.

Light brown to grey, paler below;  back with 3 dark indistinct bars - behind pectoral, under dorsal, on tail base; small white dots and streaks on upper body; a dark bar between eyes; dorsal and anal, and pectoral pale; tail with dark base, dark outer ½ and pale margin.

Size: 35.2 cm.

Habitat: demersal on soft and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Central Baja to the Gulf of California.


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