Vladichthys gloverensis

Common Name

Glovers Reef Toadfish

Year Described

Greenfield & Greenfield, 1973


Dorsal Fin: III, 17-21
Anal Fin: 13-17
Pectoral Fin: 18-20
Pelvic Fin: I, 2-3
Vertebrae: 10 precaudal, 17 caudal
Lateral Line: 15-16 upper, 5-7 middle, 13-19 lower

A tiny toadfish. Axillary pore absent behind pectoral fins. Discrete pectoral glands present. Many tufted cirri on head and around mouth. A plumose tentacle behind each orbit.


Body light brown, covered in dark brown blotches and irregular bars as to form reticulations of the lighter base color on the body and head. A dark band runs from eye to behind the mouth. Fins faintly spotted and banded. A dark blotch and scattered smaller spots on pectoral fin base.


Maximum size to 56mm TL. The smallest species of toadfish.


Coral reefs from 15-34m. Benthic


Western Caribbean: known only from Glovers Reef, Belize.


Greenfield, D.W. and T.A. Greenfield. 1973. Triathalassothia gloverensis, a new species of toadfish from Belize (= British Honduras) with remarks on the genus. Copeia 1973 (no. 3): 560-565.

Greenfield, D.W., R. Winterbottom & B.B. Collette. 2008. Review of the toadfish genera (Teleostei: Batrachoididae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 4) v. 59 (no. 15): 665-710.