Anglerfishes or monkfishes

Lophius spp.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Baltic
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Total length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

No

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Found in the North-east Atlantic from the Barents Sea and southwards to West Africa, including the off-lying islands and the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

ECOLOGY

Benthic species mostly on sandy and muddy bottoms but also on shell and gravel areas, from shallow waters down to 550 m. Their diet consists mainly of fish.

FISHERIES

Caught mainly by demersal fisheries using otter trawls, beam trawls and gillnets.

DID YOU KNOW

Anglerfish spend most of their time motionless on the sea bed and use their first dorsal fin ray to lure various fish as prey.