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Painted frogfish

Antennarius pictus


Max length : 30.0 cm. Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 7 - 8. Color variable; has a black phase with white pectoral ray tips. Bony part of illicium with numerous dark crossbands and nearly twice as long as the 2nd dorsal spine; esca an elongate tuft of flattened appendage.


Inhabit shallow sheltered reefs. Adults usually with sponges; juveniles openly on sand or reef, mimicking small sponges or nudibranchs. Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian and Society islands.


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ChrisP 7 years ago

Camouflage masters!..I saw a beautiful blue one this week in Mozambique at Barra, Inhambane looking exactly like the reef he was sitting on!!

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The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks, ChrisP. I think this one looks like a sponge and I probably noticed it thanks to our dive master :-)

ChrisP 7 years ago

Well spotted!..beautiful speciman

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Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 16, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2013

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