shaggy angler

Scientific name Antennarius hispidus
Descriptor Bloch & Schneider
Year of description 1801
IUCN category LC
Family Antennariidae
Genus Antennarius
Antennarius hispidus Antennarius hispidus


Antennarius hispidus, commonly known as shaggy angler, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes
  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes

How to recognize the shaggy angler ?

The shaggy angler measures between 10 and 20 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune, marron and beige body. The also has marron diagonal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The shaggy angler hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The shaggy angler is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the shaggy angler is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui forme des rubans d'œufs

The shaggy angler is a fish ovipare qui forme des rubans d'œufs.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    0 - 90 m

Biotope presentation

The shaggy angler is most often found at a depth between 0m and 90m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Bibliographic references

Evolutionary history of frogfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Antennariidae): A molecular approach - Rachel J. Arnold - Theodore W. Pietsch - Elsevier Ltd - 2012.

Occurrence of Photobacterium leiognathi, as the bait organ symbiont in frogfish Antennarius hispidus - Ramaiah, N - Chandramohan, D - NISCAIR-CSIR, India - 1992.

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