Pao (fish)

Pao is a genus of mostly freshwater pufferfish with one species (P. leiurus) also occurring in brackish water. They are found in Southeast Asia.[1] Until 2013, its species were generally placed in Tetraodon.[1]

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Pao
Kottelat, 2013
Type species
Tetraodon leiurus
Bleeker, 1850



There are currently 15 recognized species in this genus:[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Kottelat, M. (2013): The Fishes of the Inland Waters of Southeast Asia: A Catalogue and Core Bibliography of the Fishes Known to Occur in Freshwaters, Mangroves and Estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 2013, Supplement No. 27: 1–663.
  2. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N., R. Fricke, and R. van der Laan (18 February 2017). Catalog of Fishes. Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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