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Frogfish (Family: Antennariidae) - Wiki
Subject: Frogfish (Family: Antennariidae) - Wiki
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Frogfish (Family: Antennariidae) - Wiki

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[Photo] Striated frogfish, Antennarius striatus. Source:

Frogfishes are a family, Antennariidae, of anglerfishes. They are found in tropical oceans and seas around the world.

They are small fishes with large globose heads. They can be distinguished from other anglerfishes by the three extended dorsal fin spines on their heads. They are mostly bottom-dwelling fishes that are well camouflaged; they employ the first dorsal spine as a fishing lure to attract prey.

The sargassumfish, Histrio histrio, is unique among frogfishes in that it clings to floating Sargassum weed.

There are 44 species in twelve genera:

Genus Allenichthys
Glauert's anglerfish, Allenichthys glauerti (Whitley, 1944).
Genus Antennarius
Tail-jet frogfish, Antennarius analis (Schultz, 1957).
Roughbar frogfish, Antennarius avalonis Jordan & Starks, 1907.
Island frogfish, Antennarius bermudensis Schultz, 1957.
Brackishwater frogfish, Antennarius biocellatus (Cuvier, 1817).
Scarlet frogfish, Antennarius coccineus (Lesson, 1831).
Commerson's frogfish, Antennarius commerson (Latreille, 1804).
New Guinean frogfish, Antennarius dorehensis Bleeker, 1859.
Side-jet frogfish, Antennarius duescus Snyder, 1904.
Shaggy angler, Antennarius hispidus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801).
Indian frogfish, Antennarius indicus Schultz, 1964.
Warty frogfish, Antennarius maculatus (Desjardins, 1840).
Longlure frogfish, Antennarius multiocellatus (Valenciennes, 1837).
Spotfin frogfish, Antennarius nummifer (Cuvier, 1817).
Ocellated frogfish, Antennarius ocellatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801).
Antennarius pardalis (Valenciennes, 1837).
Dwarf frogfish, Antennarius pauciradiatus Schultz, 1957.
Painted frogfish, Antennarius pictus (Valenciennes, 1837).
Singlespot frogfish, Antennarius radiosus Garman, 1896.
Randall's frogfish, Antennarius randalli Allen, 1970.
Spiny-tufted frogfish, Antennarius rosaceus Smith & Radcliffe, 1912.
Bloody frogfish, Antennarius sanguineus Gill, 1863.
Calico frogfish, Antennarius sarasa Tanaka, 1916.
Antennarius scriptissimus Jordan, 1902.
Senegalese frogfish, Antennarius senegalensis Cadenat, 1959.
Striated frogfish, Antennarius striatus (Shaw, 1794).
Genus Antennatus
Antennatus flagellatus Ohnishi, Iwata & Hiramatsu, 1997.
Antennatus linearis Randall & Holcom, 2001.
Bandtail frogfish, Antennatus strigatus (Gill, 1863).
Tuberculated frogfish, Antennatus tuberosus (Cuvier, 1817).
Genus Echinophryne
Prickly anglerfish, Echinophryne crassispina McCulloch & Waite, 1918.
Long-spined anglerfish, Echinophryne mitchellii (Morton, 1897).
Echinophryne reynoldsi Pietsch & Kuiter, 1984.
Genus Histiophryne
Histiophryne bougainvilli (Valenciennes, 1837).
Cryptic anglerfish, Histiophryne cryptacanthus (Weber, 1913).
Genus Histrio
Sargassumfish, Histrio histrio (Linnaeus, 1758).
Genus Kuiterichthys
Rough anglerfish, Kuiterichthys furcipilis (Cuvier, 1817).
Genus Lophiocharon
Marble-mouthed frogfish, Lophiocharon lithinostomus (Jordan & Richardson, 1908).
Three-spot frogfish, Lophiocharon trisignatus (Richardson, 1844).
Genus Nudiantennarius
Deepwater frogfish, Nudiantennarius subteres (Smith & Radcliffe, 1912).
Genus Phyllophryne
Smooth anglerfish, Phyllophryne scortea (McCulloch & Waite, 1918).
Genus Rhycherus
Tasselled anglerfish, Rhycherus filamentosus (Castelnau, 1872).
Rhycherus gloveri Pietsch, 1984.
Genus Tathicarpus
Butler's frogfish, Tathicarpus butleri Ogilby, 1907.

The frogfish is known to have the fastest movement in the animal kingdom with a bite that has been photographed at high speed to take only 1/6000 of a second.
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