Bloody Frogfish Portrait

Bloody Frogfish Portrait


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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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