Glauert's Anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti (Whitley 1944)

Other Names: Glauerts Anglerfish, Glauert's Frogfish

Glauert's Anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti, in Western Australia, January 2018. Source: Daniel Barker / FishBase. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial


A rare spiny anglerfish with a very short second dorsal-fin spine and no tail base. Glauert's Anglerfish varies in colour from yellow to reddish-brown or grey, with reddish patches and dark spots or rings scattered on the body. 

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Glauert's Anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti (Whitley 1944)

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Endemic to temperate waters of southern and western Australia from Kangaroo Island (South Australia) to off the Dampier Archipelago (Western Australia), at depths to 183 m. 


Dorsal fin I + I + I, 15–16; Anal fin 8; Pectoral fin 9-11; Pelvic fin 5; Caudal fin 9.

Body short, deep, slightly compressed, caudal peduncle absent; head large, eyes small, mouth large, upturned, teeth numerous, short, recurved; gill opening a small pore below and behind the pectoral-fin base. Illicium arising on snout tip, esca a single stout appendage entirely covered with fine hair-like filaments.

Second and third dorsal-fin spines free, not hidden beneath skin of head; second spine above eye, very short, recurved, constricted at tip, covered with thick skin, but not connected to head by membrane, free from third spine, not connected to soft dorsal fin by skin; third dorsal-fin spine on nape, connected posteriorly along full length to body by thick membrane. Soft dorsal fin base elongate, anal fin small, hind margin of dorsal and anal fins connected to the outermost caudal-fin rays; caudal fin rounded, rays branched, no translucent ocelli between rays; pectoral fins prominent, arm-like; pelvic fins jugular.

Skin densely covered in tiny bifurcated spinules.


To 19 cm.


Head and body variable in colour and scattered with dark, roughly circular spots or rings. Colour ranges from light tan, pale yellow, pinkish-brown, yellow-brown to brown, paler below; top of head and along part of back before soft dorsal-fin dark-brown, outer edge of all fins dark brown.


Anglerfishes are ambush predators. The first dorsal spine is modified into a lure with a rod (the illicium) and lure (the esca), at the tip. The lure is moved to attract prey that are rapidly sucked into huge mouth.


The sexes are separate and fertilization is external.


Of no interest to fisheries, aquaculture or the aquarium industry, although the species has been taken as bycatch in commercial trawls.


Not evaluated.


Known from few specimens, most trawled off southern and southwestern Australia.


The genus Allenichthys is named for Dr Gerald. R. Allen in recognition of his many contributions to tropical ichthyology. The species is named for members of the Glauert family who collected the type specimens.

Species Citation

Echinophryne glauerti Whitley, 1944, Aust. Zool. 10(3): 272. Type locality: Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. & Thmopson, V.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Glauert's Anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti (Whitley 1944)


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Pietsch, T.W. 1994. Family Antennariidae. pp. 285-297 figs 254-264 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs

Pietsch, T.W. 2008. Antennariidae. pp. 364-374 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Pietsch, T.W. & Grobecker, D.B. 1987. Frogfishes of the World: Systematics, Zoogeography, and Behavioral Ecology. Palo Alto : Stanford University Press 420 pp.

Scott, T.D., Glover, C.J.M. & Southcott, R.V. 1974. The Marine and Freshwater Fishes of South Australia. Adelaide : Government Printer 392 pp. figs. 

Whitley, G.P. 1944. New sharks and fishes from Western Australia. The Australian Zoologist 10(3): 252-273 figs 1-6 See ref at BHL

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37210004

Depth:to 185 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:19 cm


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