Gulf Toadfish (Opsanus beta)

Also known as Barbells, Dogfish, Frogfish, Mudfish, Oyster Dog

Description

Also known as Barbells, Dogfish, Frogfish, Mudfish, Oyster Dog.

Found singly sometimes partially buried over rock, sand and in seagrass beds of shallow coastal bays and lagoons.
They feed on small fish and invertebrates.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 1-12m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

Toadfish can make a load croaking noise with their swim bladders. Their mouth can open and expand to the width of their bodies to engulf large prey.
Has poisonous spines. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Opsanus-beta.html

4 comments

  1. Posted by Frank Macz

    Caught and released on July 1st at the 17 St. Jetty off of the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston, TX. Strangest looking fish I have ever reeled in. The body felt mushy like a frog's belly.

  2. caught one in july 2017 in islamorada in a marina first time'we saw thks fish, released it sage and healthy

  3. Posted by Ry
    July 14, 2017 at 11:52 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Caught one of these in Edgewater, Florida. Have NEVER seen anything like it!!

  4. Posted by Brian lord
    July 13, 2017 at 01:25 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Caught and released one on the coast waters near Grand Isle, Louisiana

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