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This frogfish was nearly black in color (except for the edges of its fins), its skin velvety in appearance. It was about 2 or 3cm in length.
Reef associated, depths of 8 to 30m. Tropical waters.
I photographed this intriguing little critter at a depth of less than 10m, during a morning dive at Dayang Beach, Talikud Island, Davao, Philippines. It was only less than 4cm long -- only a baby, I imagine. I sure hope it survives into adulthood! Check out the video at the 1:13 mark!