The toadfish (Batrichthys sp.) is a bottom-dwelling ambush predator that favours sandy or muddy substrates. Its colouration mimics the sand it’s usually found in, and that helps it avoid detection by prey. Hence, it is considered a cryptic fish. Good luck spotting it at the Aquarium!
The male is known for making a very funny noise with its swim bladder; he does this to attract females.
This toadfish “song” sounds more like something else to us …
The toadfish is found all around the world, mostly in the ocean but sometimes in brackish water too.
One toadfish subfamily, the Thalassophryninae, is found exclusively in freshwater habitats in South America.