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Freckled Frogfish

Antennarius coccineus
Freckled Frogfish (Antennarius coccineus)

Antennarius coccineus @ Koh Haa

The freckled frogfish is sometimes known as the scarlet frogfish. This species does not have a tail base, meaning that the dorsal and anal fins end at the start of the tail.

There is a short lure, about half the height of the next dorsal ray. Freckled frogfish have a highly variable colour range, from pale yellow and other drab shades through to a strong red colour.

This species may possibly display a faint eye-shaped spot on the back, under the rear dorsal fin.

The freckled frogfish are solitary and can be found in reef crevices, large sponges, and coral rubble around the reef edge.

This species grows to 12 cm and feeds on small fishes by swallowing them whole.

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