|Common Name||Puzzeld toadfish|
Many thanks for the excellent photo that you sent in.
It is of an endemic rare toadfish Austrobatrachus foedus, also known as the puzzled toadfish.
And no, we don’t know where the ‘puzzled’ comes from!
The species is known from Algoa bay to the Transkei.
The family is sedentary & they are ambush predators.
It is also quite likely that it is doing a marine version of ‘bunny in the headlights’ with your underwater light.
This is the first underwater shot of this species that we have seen & I wonder if you would give us permission to accession it into our image collection to allow other scientists access?
Most ichthyologists specialize in a specific family of fishes & I hope you won’t mind if I also forward your photo to Dave Greenfield, the toadfish specialist in California, to show him live colour?
This photograph has also