Takifugu obscurus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Takifugu obscurus
Species Authority: (Abe, 1949)
Fugu obscurus (Abe, 1949)
Sphoeroides ocellatus obscurus Abe, 1949

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Devi, R. & Boguskaya, N.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)
T. obscurus is utilised for human food, the aquarium trade, and use in scientific research. Currently T. obscurus has a wide range so is not classified as a threatened category, however exploitation may cause population declines on the future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: T. obscurus is found in the northwest Pacific Ocean (East and South China Seas), and also in inland waters in China and the Korean Peninsula.
China; Japan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: Detailed population information is lacking for this species although it is noted to be stable.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: T. obscurus is an anadromous and demersal species.
Systems: Freshwater; Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: A number of Takifugu species are consumed in Japan; it is not clear what proportion of total consumption is of T. obscurus.
Fishing of wild populations does occur. It is not known whether captive breeding is carried out for specimens to be used in the aquarium trade or for scientific research.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats currently known for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if there are any conservation measures in place or needed.

Citation: Devi, R. & Boguskaya, N. 2009. Takifugu obscurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 October 2014.
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