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Painted Frogfish

Antennarius pictus

Description:

Also known as Painted Anglerfish, frogfish feed on small fish, crustaceans and worms. Their colors usually vary to match their surroundings. Juveniles sometimes go through a black phase. This frogfish grows to a length of about 16cm.

Habitat:

Found singly on sheltered reefs with leaf litter on sandy bottoms with rich sponge growth, at depths of 3 to 50m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

This one's possibly a juvenile, measuring about 10 or 12cm from head to tail. Spotted it at a depth of about 15m, on a slope of mud & black sand.

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9 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Wow!! Thank you for including my frogfish photo in that wonderful article, Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Blogie, your spotting has been featured in the Project Noah Valentine's Day blog! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4308288...

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, harsuame!

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Wow sensacional

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Haha :)

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Gerardo - Like my friends and I say, it's so ugly it's cute! :D

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow look at this guy incredible grate Blogie!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Nopayahnah - My pleasure!

Frogfish, in fact, disguise themselves to look like their surroundings. This one did look like coral from a distance. Other frogfish look like sponges. :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

I'm surprised they didn't call it coral frogfish since it looks so much like coral. Unique fish; thanks for sharing

Blogie
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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 24, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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