Oceanic Puffer
Botete Oceánico
(Lagocephalus lagocephalus)

Oceanic Puffer, Lagocephalus lagocephalus: The Oceanic Puffer is a very easy fish species to recognize. It is characterized by its dark blue-green head and upper body, silver flanks with black spots, and a white belly.

The Oceanic Puffer has an elongated body with an elongated snout, a small mouth, and a protruding beak. It has pointed anal and dorsal fins, a slender tail base, a caudal fin that is slightly concave, and the fins are dark except for the lower third of the pectoral fins which are white.

Overall, the body of the Oceanic Puffer is smooth except that there are small spines on the belly from the chin to the anus.

This fish species cannot be easily confused with any other. It is a pelagic fish found in the first 60 feet of the water column. It reaches a maximum length of 24 inches.

Distribution in Mexico fishing areas

The Oceanic Puffer is found in all Mexican fishing waters of both the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts, with the exception that it is absent from the Sea of Cortez.

Like many puffers, the Oceanic Puffer is reputed to be highly poisonous, even fatal, if eaten, due to the presence of tetrodotoxin believed to protect it from predation by larger fish.

It is a member of the Tetraodontidae Family. The Puffers are normally covered with spines and they have the ability to blow themselves up like balloons

Oceanic Puffer picture

Oceanic Puffer, Lagocephalus lagocephalus: Donated to Mexfish.com during fishing by the commercial pangueros of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in December 2008.  Size 16 inches. Description and photos courtesy of John Snow.

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Oceanic Puffer, Lagocephalus lagocephalus: Donated to Mexfish.com during fishing by the commercial pangueros of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in December 2008.  Size 16 inches. Description and photos courtesy of John Snow.

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