Wartskin Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)
Family: Antennariidae (Frogfish)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Depth: 0 to 49 ft. Size: 3.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small benthic fish and crustaceans.
Natural History: The Wartskin Frogfish is found singly on sheltered rocky reefs. It has fins with 'fingers' and 'toes' upon which it walks on rock and coral, often upside down and sideways. It uses a lure on the top of its head to bring prey in close. The frogfish strikes prey by rapidly by opening its mouth and swallowing in one movement. The frogfish is shape camouflaged to aid in prey capture. They will eat prey their own size or even slightly larger. The warty frogfish may use sponges as part of its camouflage. It associates with the sponge and its body color mimics the sponge pore pattern.
Husbandry: The Wartskin Frogfish should only be housed with tankmates that are significantly larger than it is. It should be provided a rocky habitat that it will be able to 'walk' around. It should not be fed a diet of exclusive freshwater prey (such as goldfish) or liver failure will likely result.
Reproduction: This frogfish is reported to be oviparous, producing eggs in sheaths or gelatinous masses.
AKA: Warty Frogfish, Clown Frogfish
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