Body short, deep, tail base absent; skin smooth with scattered fleshy appendages; illicium ('fishing rod') tipped with an oval appendage (esca) with several filaments. Variable in colour - orange, yellow, green, brown to dark gray or black, often with whitish patches or spots. To 10 cm.
Anglerfishes are well-camouflaged ambush predators with their skin variously covered in spinules, filaments and other appendages to aid their camouflage.
Bays, estuaries and along the coast, often under rocks, in depths of 1-44 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed