Name: Sargassum Anglerfish
Scientific Name: Histrio histrio
Anglerfish can be recognised by its body shape, dorsal
fin structure, colour and presence of skin flaps and filaments.
Unlike most other shallow-water anglerfishes (family Antennariidae)
the skin of the Sargassum Anglerfish is smooth
rather than prickly.
has a dorsal fin divided into four parts. The most anterior
part is the "fishing rod and lure" comprising the
illicium and esca. This is followed by two
separate spines and finally by a long-based soft-rayed portion.
Anglerfish varies from pale cream to greenish or
dark brown. It has an irregular pattern of blotches and spots.
This species grows
to 16cm in length.
and adults usually live closely associated with floating algae.
Adults are sometimes seen swimming under clumps of floating
Sargassum weed. When threatened by a predator the Sargassum
Anglerfish sometimes jumps out of the water onto
the top of an algal mat. It may stay out of water for some
Location or Region Found
Anglerfish occurs in all tropical marine waters except
the Eastern Pacific.
Other Types of Anglerfish