Body, fins and illicium ('fishing rod') densely covered in long narrow spinules; illicium with a cluster of larger spinules and a few skin filaments on the tip, bait (esca) absent. Beige, pale pinkish-brown or yellow to yellowish-brown, usually paler below, with irregular, dark-brown to black mottling, especially on head; anterior and dorsal surfaces of head, including dorsal spines and soft dorsal-fin grey in some. To 15 cm.
Anglerfishes are well-camouflaged ambush predators with their skin variously covered in spinules, filaments and other appendages to aid their camouflage.
Rocky reefs, in depths of 5-70 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed