Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus)

Also known as Black Angler, Devil Fish, Painted Angler, Painted Anglerfish, Spotted Frogfish

Description

Also known as Black Angler, Devil Fish, Painted Angler, Painted Anglerfish, Spotted 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.
Juveniles sometimes go through a white phase and mimic nudibranch.
Length 16cm
Depth - 0-75m
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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