Also known as Barbells, Broadbent's Frogfish, Estuarine Frogfish, Freshwater Lionfish, Frogfish, Threespine Frogfish, Three-spined Frogfish, Three-spined Toadfish.
Found singly, in crevices and under rocks, or partially buried in the substrate, over muddy bottoms, of coastlines, estuaries, mangroves and fringing reefs. Variable in colour to match their surroundings.
They feed on crustaceans and molluscs.
Juveniles sometimes go through a white phase.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-50m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific
Toadfish can make a load croaking noise with their swim bladders. They breathe air when out of water for up to 24hrs. 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