Warty Frogfish

Orange Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) Orange Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)
An orange Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

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Yellow & grey Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

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A yellow & orange Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

Credit: Emmy Ahlen

Warty Frogfish Antennarius maculatus

The Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) is also known as the Clown Frogfish, Clown Anglerfish, Galloping Clown Frogfish, Wartskin/Wartface Frogfish/Anglerfish. It's a medium-size frogfish species that is easily identified due to the lumps all over ts body. Colouration of each individual varies depending on its environment, and can cover a very wide spectrum. A full colour change can take several weeks to complete. Like all frogfish, it is an ambush predator that walks on its pectoral fins and uses toxins to deter predators. It's found at shallow depths on reefs from the western coast of Africa across the Indian Ocean & Coral Triangle to the western Pacific.

Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Lophiiformes (Anglerfish)
Family: Antennariidae (Frogfish)
Genus: Antennarius (Antennarius)
Species: Antennarius maculatus
Average Size: 15 centimetres

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