Threespine Toadfish (Batrachomoeus trispinosus)

Also known as Barbell, Broadbent's Frogfish, Estuarine Frogfish, Freshwater Lionfish, Frogfish, Threespine Frogfish, Three-spined Frogfish, Three-spined Toadfish

Description

Also known as Barbell, Broadbent's Frogfish, Estuarine Frogfish, Freshwater Lionfish, Frogfish, Threespine Frogfish, Three-spined Frogfish, Three-spined Toadfish.

Found singly in crevices, under rocks or partially buried in the substrate over muddy bottoms of coastlines, estuaries, mangroves and fringing reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and molluscs.
Juveniles sometimes go through a white phase.
Variable in colour to match their surroundings.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-50m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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/Batrachomoeus-trispinosus.html

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