With vibrant, bright yellow fins and distinctive patterning, the splendid toadfish is a striking exception to the typical drab colouration exhibited by of most members of the toadfish family (3) (4). In common with other toadfishes, the head is broad and flattened, and bears a number of barbels and other fleshy projections (2). The eyes are located on the top of the head and directed upwards, while the jaws are wide, and bear small sharp teeth (4). Two dorsal fins are found on the midline of the upper body: the first is short, with three sharp spines, and the second is long and flowing, and extends over much of the body. The other fins are also distinctive, with two large, rounded pectoral fins located behind the head, in front of which, on the undersurface, two shorter, pointed pelvic fins are positioned. A long, flowing anal fin is located on the rear undersurface, and there is a small rounded caudal fin at the tip of the tail (2) (4). All the fins have striking, yellow margins, with the exception of the pelvic fins, which are entirely yellow (5). The head is distinctively patterned with densely packed dark and white stripes (3).
- Length: up to 25.2 cm (2)