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A. commerson (a.k.a. Commerson's Frogfish, Giant Angler) has a somewhat compressed, globular body, and sports different colors depending on their surroundings. It has a large, upward-directed mouth that is protrusible. True to its name, and like other frogfish species, it has a "fishing pole" with a lure, located on its head above its mouth. It has limb-like pectoral fins with an "elbow" joint. It feeds on small fish, and grows to about 35cm in length.
Reef-associated, preferring rocky bottoms, often found among sponges. Depth range: 5 to 70m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.
Spotted this large specimen (about 30cm long) at a depth of 15m, off the northern coast of Talikud Island (dive site: Angel's Cove). It was nestled in between two barrel sponges, the color of which the frogfish almost perfectly matched.