Freckled Frogfish (Antennarius coccineus)

Also known as Freckled Angler, Freckled Anglerfish, Hawaiian Frogfish, Scarlet Anglerfish, Scarlet Frogfish, Shaggy Angler, Spotfin Frogfish, Whitebait Frogfish

Description

Also known as Freckled Angler, Freckled Anglerfish, Hawaiian Frogfish, Scarlet Anglerfish, Scarlet Frogfish, Shaggy Angler, Spotfin Frogfish, Whitebait 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 in tide pools, over lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small fish.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 1-75m
Widespread Indo-East 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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5402

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