Portrait Picture of a Bloody Frogfish
The Antennatus sanguineus commonly called Roundspot Frogfish, Bloody Frogfish or Sanguine frogfish
Body is globular, somewhat compressed;
“fish-pole” length about equal to length of second dorsal spine,
“lure” an elongate, tapering appendage with slender filaments and a cluster of darkly pigmented round swellings at base;
second dorsal spine strongly curved and free, not connected to head by membrane;
3rd dorsal spine movable, not bound down by skin;
Bloody Frogfish has a very large, upward directed mouth;
limb-like pectoral fins with an “elbow” joint, that fin broadly connected to body;
a small round gill opening, below and behind pectoral base;
with a short tail base; pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.
Yellow or yellow brown to reddish with brown spotting and mottling;
belly with conspicuous brown spots;
sometimes a weak ocellus or dark round spot below posterior part of dorsal fin.
Size: attains 10 cm.
Habitat: rocky bottoms.
Depth: 1-40 m.
Note: Recently move to the genus Antennatus.
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