Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
J. D. Ogilby, 1908
(Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801)
Halobatrachus didactylus, the Lusitanian toadfish, is a species of toadfish found along the Atlantic and Mediterranean Coasts of western Europe and western Africa. This species grows to a length of 50 centimetres (20 in), and has venomous spines that can pose a danger to humans. This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries. Locally, it is known as gripau (Catalan), charroco, encharroco, xarroco (Portuguese), and pez sapo (Spanish)).
The fish is also known to make a variety of noises, such as whistles, grunts, croaks, and a boatwhistle that is used both to attract females, as well as keep intruding males away.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Halobatrachus didactylus" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
- Mary Bates (1 April 2015). "Zoologger: Bagpiper fish keeps intruders away with song". New Scientist. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
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