Orange Frogfish

by | Jun 14, 2016 | Contest, Corals, Reef, Science | 0 comments

Longlure frogfish with mouth open. Antennarius multiocellatus. Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. Unaltered/Uncontrolled. Digital Photo (horizontal). Model Release: Not Applicable.I have a beautiful orange Frogfish for you all today that we found at a dive site called “Something Special” in Bonaire a few years back. Bonaire is for sure one of the best places to find the exotic hard to locate sea-creatures like Frogfish and Seahorses although our friends here at the Dive Bus seem to find them all the time in Curacao as well.

Frogfishes are any member of the anglerfish family Antennariidae, of the order Lophiiformes. Antennariids are known as anglerfishes in Australia, where the term “frogfish” refers to members of the unrelated family Batrachoididae. Frogfishes are found in almost all tropical and subtropical oceans and seas around the world, the primary exception being the Mediterranean Sea.

Frogfishes are small, short and stocky, and sometimes covered in spinules and other appendages to aid in camouflage. The camouflage aids in protection from predators and to enables them to lure prey. Many species can change color; some are covered with other organisms such as algae or hydrozoa. In keeping with this camouflage, frogfishes typically move slowly, lying in wait for prey, and then striking extremely rapidly, in as little as 6 milliseconds. MORE


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