Eastern Frogfish

Batrachomoeus dubius
Image by Ian Shaw.

The Eastern Frogfish has a large mouth, fleshy lips and a tasseled ‘beard’.

It has a large head with raised eyes with large pectoral fins. The three first, short, dorsal fin spines are reported to be venomous. It grows to 30cm in length.

When captured, the Eastern Frogfish is capable of making a croaking sound. It hides anywhere from very shallow waters down to at least 150 metres deep. It has been observed sheltering in holes on rocky reefs, kelp beds, and silty areas.