Species catalogue


Order Lophiiformes
Family Lophiidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Body and head strongly depressed; head narrow with snout length greater than head width. Gill openings not extending in front of pectoral base. Small eyes. Very short third dorsal spine; short fourth dorsal spine, its length less than snout width. Dorsal fin with 11-12 rays. Colour dark brown above with numerous very small darker brown spots, ventral body surface light tan; dorsal surface of pectoral fin similar to dorsal surface of body proximally, darker distally; ventral surface of pectoral fin light proximally, distal third gradually darkening to color of dorsal surface; pelvic fins darker distally. It can measure 140cm.

FAO code
Lophius americanus
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Amerikanischer Seeteufel
France Lotte
Italy Rana pescatrice americana
Portugal Tamboril americano
United Kingdom Monkfish
Japan Anko
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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