Tetractenos is a genus of Tetraodontidae. The genus can be found throughout the Indo-West Pacific and Australia's southern and eastern coastlines.

Tetractenos glaber
Smooth toadfish
Tetractenos glaber
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Tetractenos
Hardy, 1983


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


The general colour of the species in this genus varies, as at night they take on a deeper colour than during daytime, and, as with all toadfishes and puffers, the colour of skin changes slightly depending on the mood or stress level of the animal. For example, when a Tetractenos is in oxygen-depleted water, its underbelly will be a darker colour than the usual whitish-cream. The body of both species is covered in small, gravel-like pustules (spots). Small, sandpaper-like spines can be found on the body, and when the animal "puffs up" they stick out and make it feel even more rough.

Although the colour varies, T. hamiltoni is sandy to whitish in colour, with small brown spots over most of the back and upper sides, and brown bars and blotches beneath.[2] T. glaber has larger spots and blotches, and less prominent spines, hence its common name, smooth toadfish.[2]

The genus Tetractenos was once classed as Tetraodon or Tetrodon,[3] and is sometimes also confused with Torquigener.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Tetractenos in FishBase. October 2012 version.
  2. ^ a b Australian Museum: Common Toadfish.
  3. ^ G.S. Hardy, "Revision of Australian species of Torquigener Whitley (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae), and two new generic names for Australian puffer fishes," Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Volume 13, No. 1/2, 1983, pp. 1–48. [1]

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