Where in the world?
Reefs and sea floors worldwide.
Although they are somewhat ugly and scary in appearance, Toadfish are not venomous. They are almost always scaleless with very large mouths and can grow as large as 22 inches.
Males will make nests and then attract females by “singing”. The sound, which can be loud enough to be heard from the surface, is much like a hum or a whistle and is produced by releasing air when contracting the muscles on their swim bladders.
Toadfish are unbelievably durable and can thrive in a wide range of difficult water conditions. They can even survive out of water for up to 24 hours and have been known to cross vast mudflats by using their fins.
Did you know?
After mating, the male guards the nest against predators. While the eggs develop into embryos, they are attached to the side of the nest. Once they reach three to four weeks old, they seek safety behind the male until they are large enough to fend for themselves. This degree of parental care by the toadfish is very unusual among fishes.