Furry Coffinfish, Chaunax endeavouri Whitley 1929

Other Names: Coffinfish, Furry Angler, Furry Anglerfish, Sea Toad

Furry Coffinfish, Chaunax endeavouri. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pinkish coffinfish covered in irregular yellowish spots, with simple to divided (bifurcated) spinules covering the entire body, and a relatively long 'fishing rod' (illicium) bearing a small greenish or pinkish lure that retracts into a shallow pale depression between the eyes.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chaunax endeavouri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3578

Furry Coffinfish, Chaunax endeavouri Whitley 1929

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Off Dunk Island, Queensland, to off the Bay of Fires, Tasmania, and west to the Great Australian Bight, South Australia. Inhabits continental shelf and slope waters at depths to about 1000 metres. 


The species is named for the F.I.S. Endeavour, the Australian Commonwealth Fisheries survey vessel from which the type specimen was collected.

Species Citation

Chaunax endeavouri Whitley 1929, Aust. Zool. 5(4): 357. Type locality: 70-100 fathoms, east of Flinders Island, Bass Strait, Tasmania. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Furry Coffinfish, Chaunax endeavouri Whitley 1929


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Gomon, M.F. 1994. Families Chaunacidae, Himantolophidae, Oneirodidae, Ceratiidae. pp. 298-305 figs 265-268 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. 

Gomon, M.F. & Ho, H.-C. 2008. Family Chaunacidae. pp. 377-379 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

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Ho, H. 2020. Chaunax endeavouri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T139927865A140322541. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-1.RLTS.T139927865A140322541.en. Downloaded on 09 December 2020.

May, J.L. & Maxwell, J.G.H. 1986. Field Guide to Trawl Fish from Temperate Waters of Australia. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 492 pp. 

McCulloch, A.R. 1915. Report on some fishes obtained by the F.I.S. Endeavour on the coasts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South and South-Western Australia. Part 3. Biological Results of the Fishing Experiments carried on by the F.I.S. Endeavour 1909-1914 3(3): 97-170 figs 1-3 pls 13-37 (Pl 33, figs 1, 1a, as Chaunax fimbriatusSee ref at BHL

Whitley, G.P. 1929. Additions to the checklist of the fishes of New South Wales No. 2. The Australian Zoologist 5(4): 353-357 See ref at BHL

Whitley, G.P. 1934. Supplement to the check-list of the fishes of New South Wales. 12 unnumbered pages in McCulloch, A.R. (ed.) The Fishes and Fish-like Animals of New South Wales. Sydney : Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 104 pp. 43 pls.

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CAAB Code:37211003

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:46-1006 m

Habitat:Muddy areas

Max Size:25 cm TL


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