angler fish

Scientific name Lophius piscatorius
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Lophiidae
Genus Lophius
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Lophius piscatorius, commonly known as angler fish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    200 cm
  • Longevity
    24 year
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    200 cm
  • Longevity
    24 year
  • Mimicry

How to recognize the angler fish ?

The angler fish measures between 100 and 200 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly marron body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The angler fish 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 angler fish 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 angler fish is generally peaceful with non-territorial animals that cannot be potential prey.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui forme des rubans d'œufs

The angler fish 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?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

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

Biotope presentation

The angler fish 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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