Zulu Toadfish

Zulu Toadfish

Austrobatrachus iselesele

The Zulu toadfish is endemic to South Africa’s east coast. The “iselesele” part of its Latin name comes from the Zulu word for toad, and represents this species’ unique connection to the KwaZulu-Natal coast, where it was discovered in 2012. It is found at depths of around

50 metres, living in holes in the reef. It appears to favour holes that fit snugly around its body, and grows to a maximum length of 21 centimetres. Like all toadfish, the Zulu toadfish resembles its namesake with a squat head and a large, wide mouth. It is distinguished from other toadfish species by the distinct black spots that cover its body, and by a lack of tentacles over the eye. It has fine lines and ridges on its snout and between the eyes. The Zulu toadfish is yet to be evaluated by the IUCN.

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