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 New South Wales.

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Dianne J. Bray & Vavnessa J. Thompson, Kuiterichthys furcipilis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 04 Dec 2020,

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.

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

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.

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

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37210014

Biology:Fishing lure on head

Depth:9-240 m

Habitat:Lives on the bottom

Max Size:15 cm


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