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Marble-Mouthed Frogfish

Lophiocharon lithinostomus

Description:

One of the few species of Frogfish that carries and brood their Eggs on the body, so far, have only seen the eggs attached to the left side of the body. From time to time, the Frogfish will sway the eggs to aerate them. The embryos are quite well developed as you can clearly see the face, eyes and mouth of the babies. However they are still not ready to hatched. Medium sized Frogfish around 10 cm in size mostly brownish/greyish with mottled green. Long Illicium (rod), nearly no esca (lure, bait). Illicium covered with dermal spinules. Rows of 2 to 4 nearly transparent ocelli (eye spots) on the membrane between the spines of the caudal fin. Even the inside of the mouth is mottled! Large nostrils.

Habitat:

Tropical coral reefs, among coral rubbles and crevices.

Notes:

Pic#2 is the close-up of just the eggs.

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3 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @Luis and @Christine for your appreciation :)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 5 years ago

Wow, amazing spotting and great shots!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Amazing!

AlbertKang
Spotted by
AlbertKang

Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 28, 2016
Submitted on May 25, 2016

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