Northern Toadfish (Halophryne diemensis)

Also known as Australian Frogfish, Banded Frogfish, Banded Toadfish, Barbells, Bastard Stonefish, Devilfish, Frogfish, Northern Frogfish, Stonefish

Description

Also known as Australian Frogfish, Banded Frogfish, Banded Toadfish, Barbells, Bastard Stonefish, Devilfish, Frogfish, Northern Frogfish, Stonefish.

Found singly often concealed with debris and mud waiting for its prey in caves and crevices over sheltered muddy waters of estuaries, mangrove swamps and coastal reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, echinoderms, small fish and molluscs.
Variable in colour to match their surroundings.
Juveniles sometimes go through a white phase.
Length - 27cm
Depth - 0-20m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Toadfish can make a loud 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.de/summary/10748

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