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 and simple to divided (bifurcated) spinules over the entire body, with 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. 2017, Chaunax endeavouri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Jul 2020,

Furry Coffinfish, Chaunax endeavouri Whitley 1929

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Off Dunk Island, Queensland, to off the Bay of Fires, Tasmania, and eastern Victoria. Inhabits muddy substrates in depths of 122-419 m.

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. 2017

Furry Coffinfish, Chaunax endeavouri Whitley 1929


Caruso, J.H. 1999. Family Chaunacidae. pp. 2020-2021 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068. 

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.

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. 

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

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

Depth:180-420 m

Habitat:Muddy areas

Max Size:25 cm TL


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