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Species: Antennarius coccineus, Scarlet frogfish

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fish pole very short
2nd D spine not joined to head by membrane
+/- weak spot on D
D & A connected to C base
belly: no black spots

Antennarius coccineus (Lesson, 1831)

Scarlet frogfish

Body globular, somewhat compressed; fishing pole very short, lure a folded sphere with short basal filaments or elongate with slender filaments and a cluster of swollen darkly pigmented swellings at its base; second dorsal spine not joined to head by membrane, rear surface without small spines; 3rd  dorsal spine movable, not bound down by skin; a very large, upward directed mouth;  limb-like pectoral fins with an "elbow" joint, that fin broadly connected to body; a small round gill opening, below and behind pectoral base; no tail base (dorsal and anal fins connected to tail fin); pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.

Brown, red-brown, yellow-brown, pale yellowish white to white; mottled or spotted with darker and/or lighter colors (e.g. white, pink); sometimes a dark spot at rear base of dorsal fin; belly speckled but without large dark spots.

Size: 13 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 1-75 m.

Diet: fishes.

Indo-Pacific; Baja o Panama, Clipperton, Cocos and the Galapagos.

Note: Recently move to the genus Antennatus.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 75