Giant Frogfish (Antennarius commerson)

Also known as Big Angler, Big Anglerfish, Black Angler, Black Anglerfish, Black Fishing Frog, Black Frogfish, Commerson's Frogfish, Giant Anglerfish, Giant Stonefish, Fishing Frogfish, Shaggy Angler, Spotfin Frogfish

Description

Also known as Big Angler, Big Anglerfish, Black Angler, Black Anglerfish, Black Fishing Frog, Black Frogfish, Commerson's Frogfish, Giant Anglerfish, Giant Stonefish, Fishing Frogfish, Shaggy Angler, Spotfin Frogfish.

Found singly, pairs or in trios, sitting amongst corals, sponges on jetties, pylons ropes etc, camouflaged with the colour and pattern of their seat and surroundings. Found around shallow lagoons and fringing reefs.
They feed on small crustaceans and fish.
Length - 45cm
Depth -1-70m
Widespread Eastern Pacific, Indo-Pacific

These are the largest in the species.

Frogfish are masters at camouflage and will change to match their surroundings. They lure their prey with a stalk between their eyes that copies the movements of its prey. Their mouth can open and expand to the width of their bodies to engulf its prey.

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Giant Frogfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Giant Frogfish (Juvenile)

Giant Frogfish (Juvenile)

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1 comment

  1. Posted by katie78790
    April 28, 2013 at 07:48 am - 1 person found this useful.

    it was interesting and thank you for posting it or i would never off found good facts about the giant frog fish

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