Opsanus is a genus of toadfishes found in the western Atlantic Ocean. It currently has six recognised species, with the latest one described in 2005.

Opsanus beta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Batrachoidiformes
Family: Batrachoididae
Subfamily: Batrachoidinae
Genus: Opsanus
Rafinesque, 1818
Type species
Opsanus cerapalus
Rafinesque 1818[1]


The recognized species in this genus are:[2]

  • Opsanus beta (Goode & T. H. Bean, 1880) (Gulf toadfish)
  • Opsanus brasiliensis Rotundo, Spinelli & Zavala-Camin, 2005 (considered by some sources to be a junior synonym of O. tau)[3]
  • Opsanus dichrostomus Collette, 2001 (bicolor toadfish)
  • Opsanus pardus (Goode & T. H. Bean, 1880) (leopard toadfish)
  • Opsanus phobetron Walters & C. R. Robins, 1961 (scarecrow toadfish)
  • Opsanus tau (Linnaeus, 1766) (oyster toadfish)


  1. Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Opsanus". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). Species of Opsanus in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  3. http://www.fishbase.org/summary/FamilySummary.php?ID=189

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