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Genus: Antennarius, Frogfishes

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fish pole tip with distinct bait
D: 3rd spine large, moveable



A globular somewhat compressed body; head not spiny; eyes on sides of head; a very large, upward directed mouth with many small teeth; fishing pole with distinct lure, any spicules are at base or along front margin; 3rd dorsal spine movable, not bound down by skin; a small round gill opening, below and behind pectoral base; limb-like pectoral fins with an "elbow" joint, that fin broadly connected to body; with or without tail base; pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.

A cosmopolitan tropical genus of 24 species. Four species occur in the tropical eastern Pacific, including two regional endemics and two Indo-Pacific species.