Body moderately deep, somewhat compressed, densely covered in spinules, with a distinct tail base; iIllicium ('fishing rod') naked, not covered in spinules, tipped with a distinct fleshy lure (esca). Mottled beige, grey, pinkish-brown to yellowish-brown, paler below, with darker and lighter patches, and a dark spot on the soft dorsal fin. To 15 cm.
Anglerfishes are well-camouflaged ambush predators with their skin variously covered in spinules, filaments and other appendages to aid their camouflage.
Inshore and offshore rocky reefs, in depths of 9-240 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed