Animal Species:Glover's Anglerfish, Rhycherus gloveri Pietsch, 1984

It was named in honour of Dr C.J.M. Glover (1935-1992), who was the Ichthyologist at the South Australian Museum for 27 years, from 1964 until his retirement in 1991.

A Glover's Anglerfish under Port Hughes Pier

A Glover's Anglerfish under Port Hughes Pier
Photographer: John Lewis © John Lewis

Standard Common Name

Glover's Anglerfish


Glover's Anglerfish is covered with fleshy tentacles. It lacks scales. The dorsal fin comprises three spines, the first of which (the illicium) has a tapering esca that resembles a small crustacean. The esca has a v-shaped depression along its inner margin with a cluster of long filaments basally and shorter filaments distally. The three spines are followed by 12 to 13 rays.

The species is light to dark brown dorsally, often with three dark bars on the sides of the body.

Glover's Anglerfish looks similar to the Tasselled Anglerfish. They can be separated by the shape of their escas and length of the illicium, which is longer in the Tasselled Anglerfish.

Size range

It grows to about 16 cm in length.


Glover's Anglerfish is endemic to Australia, occurring in coastal rocky reefs from eastern South Australia to south-western Western Australia.


The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Rhycherus gloveri

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Glover's Anglerfish specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?



What does this mean?


  1. Pietsch, T.W. 1984. A Review of the Frogfish Genus Rhycherus with the description of a New Species from Western and Southern Australia. Copeia. 1: 68-72.
  2. Pietsch, T.W. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  3. Pietsch, T.W. & D.B. Grobecker. 1987. Frogfishes of the World. Systematics, Zoogeography, and Behavioural Ecology. Stanford University Press. Pp. 420.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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