Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus.    Pesce rana

Antennarius pictus     Painted Frogfish

Class: Actinopterygii    Order: Lophiiformes    Family: Antennariidae    Size: to 30 cm

Like other members of its family, it has a globulous, extensible body, with soft skin is covered with small dermal spinules. 

Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, E.Africa, Hawaii, Japan and Australia.

Striated frogfish-Hairy variation.  Antennarius striatus.        Pesce rana

Antennarius striatus.     Striated frogfish-Hairy variation.

Class: Actinopterygii    Order: Lophiiformes    Family: Antennariidae     Size: to 22 cm

As all frogfishes, Antennarius pictus is a voracious carnivore which can attack all small animals that pass within its "strike range", mainly fishes, but even sometimes congeners. Its prey can be close to its own size.

Striated frogfish-Hairy variation.  Antennarius striatus.      Pesce rana

Hairy Stiated Frogfish.

Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus.       Pesce rana

Juvenile Painted Frogfish. Solitary, usually sitting amongst corals, ropes or sponges,  camouflaged with the colour and pattern of their seat and surroundings over sheltered reefs.

Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus.        Pesce rana

The pectoral fins are angled and help, with the pelvic fins, to move the frogfish on the bottom and to keep a stable position for ambush.

Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus.       Pesce rana

Antennarius pictus.  Painted Frogfish.

Striated frogfish  Antennarius striatus.   Pesce rana

Their mouth can open and expand to the width of their bodies to engulf its prey.

Antennarius pictus. Painted Frogfish. Komodo.-5454

Antennarius pictus. Painted Frogfish.

Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus.  Pesce rana

Antennarius pictus. Painted Frogfish.

Warty Frogfish  Antennarius maculatus.     Pesce rana

Antennarius maculatus     Warty Frogfish

Class: Actinopterygii    Order: Lophiiformes    Family: Antennariidae     Size: to 9 cm

Smallish with numerous knob-like warts. Variable color usually with reddish brown saddles and blotches. Solitary. Frequently among algae, sponges and soft corals of coastal reef to 15 m.

Indo -Pacific: Mauritius to Wawaii.  S.E.Japan to Australia.

Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus.       Pesce rana

A juvenile Painted Frogfish among the Crinoids.

Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus       Pesce rana

Juvenile Painted Frogfish.

Painted Frogfish  Antennarius pictus      Pesce rana
Giant Frogfish  Antennarius commersoni       Pesce rana

Antennarius commersoni     Giant Frogfish

Class: Actinopterygii   Order: Lophiiformes     Family: Antennariidae     Size: to 30 cm

Frogfish can change their coloration in a few weeks. However, the dominant coloration goes from grey to black, passing through a whole range of related hues, such as cream, pink, yellow, red, and brown, and also usually with circular eye spots or blotches that are darker than the background.

Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, E.Africa, Hawaii, Japan and Australia.

Paolo Cudicini

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