Broadhead Goosefish, Lophiomus setigerus (Vahl 1797)

Other Names: Blackmouth Angler, Broad-headed Angler, Broad-headed Fishing-frog, Goosefish

A Blackmouth Angler, Lophiomus setigerus, collected off the Philippines. Source: Rodolfo B. Reyes / FishBase . License: Cc BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

A goosefish with a flattened, flabby body with well-developed skin flaps on the head and sides, a very broad disc-shaped head and a gradually tapering trunk; mouth very wide; first dorsal-fin spine modified into a fishing lure on the snout.

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Dianne J. Bray, Lophiomus setigerus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 May 2024,

Broadhead Goosefish, Lophiomus setigerus (Vahl 1797)

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Recorded in Australia from off Mandurah, WA (32°S, 115°E) to off Eden, NSW (37°S, 149°E). Elsewhere, widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.


Dianne J. Bray

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CAAB Code:37208001

Biology:Fishing lure on head

Depth:55-612 m

Habitat:Sandy, muddy bottoms

Max Size:40 cm TL

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