Pinkhead Frogfish, Batrachomoeus rubricephalus Hutchins 1976

Other Names: Pink-headed Frogfish

Pinkhead Frogfish, Batrachomoeus rubricephalus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

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Pinkhead Frogfish, Batrachomoeus rubricephalus Hutchins 1976

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Eucla in the Great Australian Bight, to the Houtman Abrolhos islands.


Dorsal fin rays Ill, 21-24; anal fin rays 17-20 (rarely 17); colour pattern generally marbled, the transverse body bars either joined medially (Fig. 16) or the last 3 separate (Fig. 13); vertebrae 9 + 19 - 21Prominent depression on head behind orbital region; maxilla extends to below pupil or slightly farther; pink bars and blotches may be present on head; pectoral and caudal fins dark with large scattered white blotches (Fig-. 12); oblique bars on anal fin absent; preoperculo-mandibular pores minute to small (Fig. 2); pore in pectoral axilla large to very large (Western Australia)

Species Citation

Batrachomoeus rubricephalus Hutchins 1976. Rec. W.A. Mus. 4(1): 30. Type locality: west of Garden Island, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Pinkhead Frogfish, Batrachomoeus rubricephalus Hutchins 1976


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CAAB Code:37205009

Depth:1-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:31 cm TL


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