Spotfin Frogfish (Antennatus nummifer)

Also known as Big-spot Angler, Coin-bearing Frogfish, Dark-spotted Frogfish, Ocellated Angler, Ocellated Anglerfish, Ocellated Fringed Fishing Frog, Opulent Frogfish, Spotfin Angler, Spotfin Anglerfish, Toadfish, White Finger Anglerfish, White Finger Frogfish

Description

Also known as Big-spot Angler, Coin-bearing Frogfish, Dark-spotted Frogfish, Ocellated Angler, Ocellated Anglerfish, Ocellated Fringed Fishing Frog, Opulent Frogfish, Spotfin Angler, Spotfin Anglerfish, Toadfish, White Finger Anglerfish, White Finger 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 lagoons and shallow fringing reefs.
They feed on small crustaceans and fish.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 0-175m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, 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.

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