Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
frogfish, tasselled angler, tasselled frogfish
This anglerfish is dark yellow to reddish brown with brown blotches on its sides and cheek. The underside is cream. It is very well camouflaged with numerous fine short filament-like appendages which break the fish’s outline making it look more like a piece of seaweed or rock than a fish. On its head there is a worm-like fishing rod that it uses to attract potential food such as small fish and shrimp. It has a large mouth which it opens at high speed to suck prey into its throat.
If caught, consider responsibly releasing these ornamental fish.
Found around rocky reefs in waters between 2 to 60 metres depth.
Rarely encountered by recreational fishers as the anglerfish’s preference is for live food only. Anglers using live bait such as sand worms may encounter it. They are fairly common but not often seen.
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