Sanopus johnsoni

Common Name

Johnson's Reef Toadfish

Year Described

Collette & Starck, 1974


Dorsal Fin: III, 32
Anal Fin: 25
Pectoral Fin: 22
Pelvic Fin: I, 2-3
Vertebrae: 11 precaudal, 28 caudal
Lateral Line: 37 upper, 32 lower

Head flattened. No plumose tentacle above eye. Axillary pore present behind pectoral fin. Cirri present between eyes. Barbels around mouth branched. Pectoral glands absent.


Body brown with indistinct darker mottling. Belly white with brown mottling.


Maximum size to 253mm TL.


Benthic on coral reefs.


Western Caribbean: known only from Cozumel (Palancar Reef)


Collette, B.B. 1974. A review of the coral toadfishes of the genus Sanopus with descriptions of two new species from Cozumel Island, Mexico. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington v. 87 (no. 18): 185-204, Pl. 1.

Collette, B.B. 1983. Two new species of coral toadfishes, family Batrachoididae, genus Sanopus, from Yucatan, Mexico, and Belize. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington v. 96 (no. 4): 719-724.