Rough Anglerfish, Kuiterichthys furcipilis (Cuvier 1817)

Other Names: D'Entrecasteaux Anglerfish, Rough Angler, Rough Frogfish

A Rough Anglerfish, Kuiterichthys furcipilis, in the Derwent Estuary, Hobart, Tasmania. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved


Rough Anglerfish are a mottled greyish, brown to yellowish in colour to match their surroundings, and have a distinct spot at the base of the soft dorsal fin. The skin is roughly spinulated and the first dorsal-fin spine (illicium) is about equal in length to the long, slender 2nd dorsal-fin spine.

Kuiterichthys pietschi, a second species in the genus, was recently described from off northern New South Wales.

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Bray, D.J. & Thompson, V.J. 2021, Kuiterichthys furcipilis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Feb 2024,

Rough Anglerfish, Kuiterichthys furcipilis (Cuvier 1817)

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Off Yamba, New South Wales, to off Esperance, Western Australia, including around Tasmania.


The specific name furcipilis is derived from the Latin furcatus (= forked) and pilus (= hair), in reference to the bifurcate hair-​like dermal spinules covering the body.
Cuvier's vernacular name for this species was "La Chironecte a poils fourches", literally translated as "fork-skinned".

Species Citation

Chironectes furcipilis Cuvier 1817, Mém. Mus. Nat. d'Hist. Nat. Paris (N.S.) (Série A) Zoologie 3: 429, Pl. 17 (fig. 1). Type locality: Unknown.


Bray, D.J. & Thompson, V.J. 2021


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Rough Anglerfish, Kuiterichthys furcipilis (Cuvier 1817)


Arnold, R. J. 2013. A new species of the genus Kuiterichthys (Lophiformes: Antennariidae: Histiophryninae) from New South Wales, Australia. Zootaxa 3718(5): 496-499.

Arnold, R.J. & Pietsch, T.W. 2012. Evolutionary history of frogfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Antennariidae): a molecular approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 117-129,

Cuvier, G.L. 1817. Sur le genre Chironectes Cuv. (Antennarius Commerson). Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Paris 3: 418-435 pls 16-18 See ref at BHL

Grant, E.M. 2002. Guide to Fishes. Redcliffe : EM Grant Pty Ltd 880 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs.

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.

Pietsch, T.W. 1984. The genera of frogfishes (family Antennariidae). Copeia 1984(1): 27-44

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. & Arnold, R.J. 2020. Frogfishes. Biodiversity, zoogeography, and behavioral ecology. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore: i-xiv + 1-601.

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

Scott, E.O.G. 1984. Observations on some Tasmanian fishes: Part XXX. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 118: 187-222,

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CAAB Code:37210014

Depth:9-240 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm


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