Sphoeroides annulatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sphoeroides annulatus
Species Authority: (Jenyns, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Bullseye Puffer, Puffer, Gulf Puffer
Spanish Botete Tamborín, Botete Diana, Tambolero, Tamboril, Tamborín, Tambulero
French Compère Diane
Liosaccus melanostictus Fowler, 1944
Tetrodon annulatus Jenyns, 1842

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-05-01
Assessor(s): Nielsen, J.G., Munroe, T. & Tyler, J.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
This species is widespread and common in the tropical eastern Pacific. It has no major threats and can be found in some Marine Protected Areas. Therefore, this species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This eastern Pacific species is found from southern California to Pisco, Peru, and the Galapagos islands.
Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; United States
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population: This is a common species within its range. There is no population information available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is common on rocky reefs (including tide pools) and adjacent sand patches and is often seen in mid-water high off the bottom or at the surface. It is found to 105m. Juveniles inhabit the high and middle salinity portions of estuaries (Bussing 1995; Cooke 1992) including mangrove habitats (Cooke 1992; Aguirre et al. 2006).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species specific conservation measures. However, this species may be found in Marine Protected Areas within its distribution.

Citation: Nielsen, J.G., Munroe, T. & Tyler, J. 2010. Sphoeroides annulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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