Animal Species:Silver Toadfish, Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin, 1789)
Standard Common Name
Giant Toadfish, Giant Toado, North-west Blowfish, Silver Pufferfish, Silver-checked Toadfish, Silver-stripe Pufferfish
The species can be recognised by the silver stripe along the sides of the body and the greenish coloured back with dark spots.
It grows to about 97 cm in length.
The Silver Toadfish is found widely throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region. The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
It is a pelagic species that usually occurs in coastal waters.
- Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology