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Warty Frogfish, Clown Frogfish

Antennarius maculatus


"Characterized by numerous prominent wartlike protuberances on its skin and a large esca that mimics a tiny fish. Bony part of the illicium with numerous crossbands and approximately twice as long as the 2nd dorsal spine. Coloration is highly variable, ranging from cream to yellow, brown, or black with scattered dark circular spots and saddles or blotches ranging from white to pink, rust-red, or red. Heavily spotted individuals resemble A. pictus. Usually has red or orange margins on all fins and the first band across the body diverts to the posterior edge of the eye which distinguishes it from A. pictus." Source:


Definitely the highlight of the night dive. Small at about 2 cm. Depth of about 7 m. Dive and Trek Classroom, Batangas, Philippines

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Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks LandmarkExpert. Cheers :-)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

those are some great photos!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks for the likes Tom, Cindy, Agnes, elapurs & Ali. Not exactly your cute & loveable fish but its strangeness is a beauty all its own.

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

It is Ashley. My first time to see such a tiny frogfish. Last frogfish I saw was a giant compared to this. :-)

AshleyT 10 years ago

Wow such a cool fish! Must have been so neat to see :)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks DanieleZen for the like :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thank you Reza! :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thank you again elaphrus! :-)

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Super !

elaphrus 10 years ago

What a beautiful fish, and beautiful photo.

Eric Noora
Spotted by
Eric Noora

Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 3, 2013
Submitted on Mar 17, 2013

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