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Painted Frogfish

Antennarius pictus

Description:

Frogfish are an interesting fishes, getting their name from their ugly look but they are not related to frogs :p Like most other frogfishes, they are benthic and tends to be solitary. They seldom swim or move, spending most of their time 'sitting' in one place and when they are hungry, they will hunt using the lure above its mouth. The flicking of the lure will attracts other small fishes and when they get near enough, the frogfish will lunged at them and swallow them whole, sometimes, swallowing other fishes as big as they are. Sometimes, they opened their mouth as shown in this picture. Some divers speculate they opened their mouth to look bigger when felt threatened. This is a popular 'picture' for underwater macro photographer, some divers will spend hours waiting to get this kind of shot :D

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AlbertKang
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AlbertKang

Indonesia

Spotted on Nov 18, 2009
Submitted on Mar 8, 2014

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