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Marble-Mouthed Frogfish

Lophiocharon lithinostomus


A rare occasion to find this Male Marble-mouthed Frogfish incubating his eggs, which he attached to the side of his body. From time to time, he wriggle and sway her body to aerate the Eggs. According to the Dive guide I was diving with, he first saw this Frogfish carrying newly laid Eggs about 2.5 months ago. 3 days after this spotting, I went back to look for it again, but the Eggs were already released.


Pic #1 showing the Male Frogfish carrying his Eggs Pic #2 close-up of the Eggs, embryos quite well developed

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AlbertKang 6 years ago

Yes, its part of sharing @Marta :)
Baby Frogfish can be very cute, I have seen as small as 4-5mm in size, and they do come in nice colors :D

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago true but thanks to divers posting here now people can see how frog fishes and their babies look like which otherwise some people would never have the chance to even think about them or even see them anywhere else so I think is nice that with Project Noah we can show people all these underwater hidden beauties :-)

AlbertKang 6 years ago

@Marta, for you as a scuba diver, you are able to 'see' it better.
To non-divers, it could be difficult to see a fish in the picture ... he he

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Oh, no! by can perfectly see the eggs on her right side. It must have been a precious moment for you! :-)

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Marta. Was lucky to see her indeed, second time in my 10 years of diving.

Too bad the Frogfish is very well camouflaged in her surrounding, thus very difficult to get a clearer picture of her and her Eggs

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Awesome spotting! Nice catch, the female with the eggs, beautiful!

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Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 23, 2014
Submitted on May 12, 2014

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