Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

Also known as Clown Anglerfish, Clown Frogfish, Galloping Clown Frogfish, Large-spotted Angler, Wartface Anglerfish, Wartface Frogfish, Wartskin Anglerfish, Wartskin Frogfish, Warty Anglerfish

Description

Also known as Clown Anglerfish, Clown Frogfish, Galloping Clown Frogfish, Large-spotted Angler, Wartface Anglerfish, Wartface Frogfish, Wartskin Anglerfish, Wartskin Frogfish, Warty Anglerfish.

Found singly, pairs or in trios, sitting amongst corals, jetties, pylons, ropes, sponges, etc, camouflaged with the colour and pattern of their seat and surroundings over sheltered rocky reefs.
They feed on small fish.
Juveniles mimic nudibranchs.
Length 15cm
Depth - 1-15m
Widespread Indo-West 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/9259

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

Warty Frogfish (Juvenile)

Warty Frogfish (Juvenile)

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