Image: Freckled Anglerfish, Antennatus coccineus

Freckled Anglerfish, Antennatus coccineus

This 90 mm (SL) Freckled Anglerfish was one of the surprise finds of the north-eastern New South Wales fieldtrip. The fish was collected at Kingscliff, New South Wales on 3 December 2002.  It is now registered in the Ichthyology Collection. (AMS I.41846-012).

Mark McGrouther
© Australian Museum


The species often has a weakly pigmented spot at the base of the posterior dorsal fin rays.

At the time of collection, this fish was the first New South Wales mainland record. The species had been previously recorded from North Solitary Island, Lord Howe Island and Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs. In Australia, it occurs from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north, and south to at least Sydney, New South Wales.

Additional information

In many publications, this species is given the genus name 'Antennarius'.  It is now classified in Antennatus.


  1. Arnold, R.J. & Pietsch, T.W. 2012. Evolutionary history of frogfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Antennariidae): A molecular approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 117-129 [128]
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Lophiiformes, Antennariidae, Freckled Anglerfish, Antennarius coccineus,