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Sphoeroides maculatus (Swellfish; Puffer; Northern puffer)

Synonyms: Sphaeroides maculatus; Tetraodon maculatus; Tetrodon hispidus maculatus; Tetrodon turgidus
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Wikipedia Abstract

Northern puffer, Sphoeroides maculatus, is a species in the family Tetraodontidae, or pufferfishes, found along the Atlantic coast of North America. Unlike many other pufferfish species, the flesh of the northern puffer is not poisonous (its viscera can contain poison). They are commonly called sugar toads in the Chesapeake Bay region, where they are eaten as a delicacy.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cape Cod National Seashore II 21724 Massachusetts, United States
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  


Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Atlantic sharp-nosed shark)[1]


Parasitized by 
Bianium plicitum[2]
Lepocreadium areolatum[2]
Neobenedenia melleni[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Canada; Celestún Biosphere Reserve; Mexico; Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Scotian Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; USA (contiguous states); Western Atlantic: Newfoundland in Canada to northeastern Florida in USA.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Food of Northwest Atlantic Fishes and Two Common Species of Squid, Ray E. Bowman, Charles E. Stillwell, William L. Michaels, and Marvin D. Grosslein, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-155 (2000)
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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