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toad +‎ fish, in reference to their toadlike appearance.


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toadfish (plural toadfish or toadfishes)

  1. Any of the ray-finned fishes of family Batrachoididae, benthic ambush predators.
  2. Certain species in family Tetraodontidae
    1. The banded toadfish, of Australia (Torquigener pleurogramma)
    2. The blackspotted toadfish, of the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans (Arothron nigropunctatus)
    3. The common toadfish (or toadfish), of Australia and New Zealand (Tetractenos hamiltoni)
    4. The prickly toadfish, of Australia and New Zealand (Contusus richei)
    5. The red striped toadfish, of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (Dichotomyctere erythrotaenia, syn. Tetraodon erythrotaenia)
    6. The smooth toadfish, of Australia (Tetractenos glaber)
  3. Certain species in family Psychrolutidae
    1. The dark toadfish (Neophrynichthys latus)
    2. The frilled toadfish, of Macquarie Island (Ambophthalmos magnicirrus)
    3. The pale toadfish of New Zealand (Ambophthalmos angustus)

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  • For information on the choice of plural, see fish.


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