Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus)

Also known as Painted Anglerfish and Painted Angler


Also known as Painted Anglerfish and Painted Angler.

Found singly on sheltered reefs with leaf litter on sandy bottoms with rich sponge growth.
They feed on small fish, crustaceans and worms.
Variable in colour to match their surroundings.
Juveniles sometimes go through a white phase.
Length 16cm
Depth - 3-50m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

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 Painted Frogfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Painted Frogfish (Juvenile)

Painted Frogfish (Juvenile)

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