Species Details

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Commerson's frogfi...   

Common Name: Giant frogfish, Giant angler
Scientific Name: Antennarius commerson
Local Name: Maa bohmas
Dhivehi Name: މާ ބޮއްމަސް
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Teleostei  (Class)
Lophiiformes  (Order)
Antennariidae  (Family)
Antennarius   (Genus)

Commerson's frogfish's description

Commerson's frogfish or the giant frogfish, (Antennarius commerson) is a marine fish belonging to the family Antennariidae.

Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8. Comes in a variety of colors: yellow, orange, green, brown, and black. Bony part of illicium about equal to length of the 2nd dorsal spine (10.2-16.9 %SL); esca a small tuft of flattened appendages. Membrane behind 2nd dorsal spine thick and spinulose, extending to base of third.

Commerson's frogfish's Behavior & Ecology

Found in lagoon and seaward reefs.

Commerson's frogfish's Feeding

 Feed on fish and small shrimps.

Commerson's frogfish's Reproduction

Oviparous. Eggs are bound in ribbon-like sheath or mass of gelatinous mucus called 'egg raft' or 'veil'.

Commerson's frogfish habitat

This demersal species inhabits shallow seagrass beds and coral and rocky reefs where it uses camouflage to mimic the surrounding environment, especially sponges (Randall et al. 1997, Gell and Whittington 2002, Fricke et al. 2009, Pietsch and Arnold 2020). The maximum total length is 33 cm (Pietsch 1986, Pietsch and Arnold 2020).

Commerson's frogfish threats

There are no known major threats.

Commerson's frogfish's status