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Species: Abantennarius bermudensis, Island Frogfish

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fish pole < 2nd D spine
lure well developed
D spine II free, not connected to head by membrane
ocellus below center D
D&A connected to C
only 1 pelvic ray branched

Abantennarius bermudensis (Schultz, 1957)

Island Frogfish

A globular somewhat compressed body; head not spiny; eyes on sides of head; a very large, upward directed mouth with many small teeth; a small round gill opening, below and behind pectoral base; dorsal rays I+I+I,12; "fish-pole" shorter than second dorsal spine; "lure" an elongate, tapering appendage with slender filaments and a cluster of darkly pigmented round swellings at base; second dorsal spine strongly curved and free, not connected to head by membrane; 3rd dorsal spine movable, not bound down by skin; limb-like pectoral fins with an "elbow" joint, that fin broadly connected to body; anal rays 7; pectoral rays 10 (rarely 9); dorsal and anal fins connected by membrane to bases of tail fin rays; pelvic fins short, with 4 unbranched and 1 branched rays; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.

Yellow, tan or brown with brown spotting and mottling, sometime forming irregular bars across tail fin; a well developed ocellus on back just below middle of dorsal fin, belly without conspicuous brown spots; 0-7 dark bars radiating from eye.

Size: attains 7.7 cm.

Habitat: reef habitats.

Depth: 0.5-65 m.

The Greater Caribbean.

Very similar to the Indo-Pacific species A. coccineus.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 65