Hairy Frogfish (Antennarius Striatus)

This is Antennarius Striatus. It belongs to the Antennariidae (Frogfishes) family. It can be found in tropical or subtropical waters, such as Indonesian Archipelago, Western coast of Africa or in the Caribbean. This species inhabits shallow, sandy areas or coral reefs to deep waters. 

Its body grows up to 22 cm and its soft skin is covered with irregular spinules (which are small spines) resembling hair. Frogfishes have the capacity to change coloration and pigment pattern to match to their environment. The thing on his head looking like bunny ears on this foto is, in fact a dorsal spine transformed to use like a fishing rod. The fish wiggle it to attract unsuspicious prey. With the frogfish’s ability to blend into the surroundings it’s a deadly weapon. Moreover, Antennarius can eat a fish twice his size!   you can see here how large its mouth is and here you can see how the fish use its “fishing rod”

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Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

Also known as the Clown Frogfish, the warty frogfish is a species of frogfish (Antennariidae) that inhabits tropical waters in the Indo-Pacific, ranging from Mauritius to the western Pacific. Like other frogfish Antennarius maculatus is a benthic species and inhabits sheltered rocky and coral reefs. Adult A. maculatus typically associate themselves with sponges, using camouflage to ambush any animal that wanders too close.


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