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Occelated Frogfish

Antennarius ocellatus

Description:

Black to brown with large pale to orange-edged black spot on base of rear dorsal fin rays that extends onto back, rod-shaped lure about same height as 2nd dorsal fin. This is a young juvenile. The coin was used as size reference, its 2.5 cm in diameter. This specimen is less than 2 cm length and 1.5 cm in height.

Habitat:

Solitary, sand and rubble areas up to 30 meters depth.

Notes:

This frogfish just ate a crab nearly its size! Pic #1 shows one of the legs of the crab in its mouth, not swallowed yet. Pic #2 shows the swollen belly of the frogfish with its large meal.

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6 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Neil :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Excellent spotting, Albert. These are amazing fish. There's nothing else quite like them.

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Erik :)

ErikG.H.Meade
ErikG.H.Meade 4 years ago

Wow!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Lauren and yes, she is :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

This little frogfish is amazing!

Batangas, Philippines

Lat: 13.69, Long: 120.90

Spotted on Jan 17, 2013
Submitted on Jul 20, 2014

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