black-bellied angler

Scientific name Lophius budegassa
Descriptor Spinola
Year of description 1807
IUCN category DD
Family Lophiidae
Genus Lophius
Lophius budegassa Lophius budegassa


Lophius budegassa, commonly known as black-bellied angler, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Mimicry

How to recognize the black-bellied angler ?

The black-bellied angler measures between 50 and 100 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly marron body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The black-bellied 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 black-bellied angler is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous . Naturally, it tends to dig into the sand and transform its environment.

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the black-bellied angler is generally peaceful with non-territorial animals that cannot be potential prey.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui forme des rubans d'œufs

The black-bellied 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

  • Temperature
    16 - 24 °C
  • Depth
    20 - 1000 m

Biotope presentation

The black-bellied angler is most often found at a depth between 20m and 1000m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Bibliographic references

FAO - Order LOPHIIFORMES - J.H. Caruso - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 2004.

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