Opsanus pardus

Common Name

Leopard Toadfish

Year Described

Goode & Bean, 1880


Dorsal Fin: III, 25-27
Anal Fin: 20-22
Pectoral Fin: 19-21
Pelvic Fin: I, 2
Lateral Line: 26-30 upper, 24-25 lower
Vertebrae: 11 precaudal, 23-24 caudal

Head wider, with interorbital distance greater than orbital diameter. Pectoral fin with 8-15 glands. Axillary pore present behind pectoral fin.


Body pale with dense rosettes of small dark spots interspaced between larger dark blotches. Head densely spotted. Fins with dark bands; ones on dorsal and anal fin oblique.


Maximum size to 380mm SL.


Offshore waters on rocky reefs.


Gulf of Mexico from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula.


Collette, B. B. 2001. Opsanus dichrostomus, a new toadfish (Teleostei: Batrachoididae) from the western Caribbean Sea and southern Gulf of Mexico. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan No. 731: 1-16.

McEachran, J.D. & J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.