Glauert's Anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti (Whitley 1944)

Other Names: Glauerts Anglerfish, Glauert's Frogfish

Glauert's Anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved


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 a yellowish-brownish with scattered dark, roughly circular spots or rings. The species is known from very few specimens trawled off southern and southwestern Australia.

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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); bottom-dwelling in 145-183 m. Known only from a few specimens taken in trawls.


Meristic features: 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; second dorsal-fin spine above eye, very short, recurved, constricted at tip, covered with thick skin, but not connected to head by membrane; third dorsal-fin spine on nape, connected posteriorly along full length to body by thick membrane. Skin densely covered in tiny bifurcated spinules.

Illicium arising on snout tip, esca a single stout appendage entirely covered with fine hair-like filaments.

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; pectoral fins prominent, arm-like; pelvic fins jugular.


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.


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


The sexes are separate and fertilisation is external.


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


Not evaluated.


The genus Allenichthys is named for Dr Gerald. R. Allen in recognition of his many contributions to tropical ichthyology.

Species Citation

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


Dianne J. Bray & Vanessa J. Thompson

Glauert's Anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti (Whitley 1944)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37210004

Behaviour:"Fishing lure" on head

Biology:Fishing lure on head

Depth:145-185 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:19 cm


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