Tasselled Anglerfish

Rhycherus Filamentosus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Rhycherus Filamentosus
Other names Tasselled Frogfish, Two Pronged Toadfish
Genus - Species Rhycherus Filamentosus
Species Common Name Tasselled Anglerfish


Habitat & AU Distribution Rocky reefs with macroalgae
Depth Range
Tasselled Anglerfish Distribution
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Tasselled Anglerfish like most off its species is a ambush predator. They lay camouflaged on reefs or the seabed using a modified fin as bait to lure in prey. They are often sought-after by scuba divers, snorkelers and those with aquariums. Within Australia, the Tasselled Anglerfish is found in the southern parts of the country; South Australia & Victoria.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Lophiiformes

Family: Antennariidae

Genus: Rhycherus

Species: Rhycherus filamentosus

Conservation Status

There is little information on the conservation status of the Tasselled Anglerfish. This species has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Fish Taste Quality

Tasselled Anglerfish are a edible fish but not a targeted species for consumption.

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Tasselled Anglerfish

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig

Bait: Lures, Prawns, Worms, Soft plastics, Live minnow

Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure

Popularity: Not targeted

Tasselled Anglerfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate to difficult

Temperament: Aggressive

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: With caution

Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Intermediate

Temperament: Shy

Location: Outer reef

Danger: None

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