Halophryne diemensis

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Halophryne diemensis
Halophryne diemensis, Photo: Graham Edgar
Halophryne diemensis
Halophryne diemensis, Ningaloo Reef, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Halophryne diemensis
Halophryne diemensis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Reddish to brown with pale blotches over body and tail, and tassles over face and body. One of a few Batrachoidid frogfishes encountered by divers searching crevices of reefs, but easily missed. Wounds from venomous spines are very painful.


Max Size: 26 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.6-31.7°C

Depth: 1-20m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.1% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields