Yellow Angler Fish (Antennarius nummifer)
Family: Antennariidae (Frogfish)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 570 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 Yellow Angler Fish is found singly on lagoons and seaward reefs. It has fins with 'fingers' and 'toes' upon which it walks on rock and coral, often upside down and sideways. It can use a lure located atop its head to bring prey in close. It strikes by rapidly opening its mouth and swallowing the prey in one movement. The Yellow Angler Fish is shape camouflaged to aid in prey capture. It will eat prey its own size or even slightly larger. It may use sponges as part of its camouflage. It associates with the sponge and its body color mimics the sponge pore pattern. It spends the most time in the open, searching for prey.
Husbandry: The Yellow Angler Fish may be territorial in captivity. It should only be housed with fish larger than itself. It will eat ornamental shrimp or crabs.
Reproduction: This species is reported to be oviparous, producing ribbons or gelatinous masses of eggs.
AKA: Spotfin Frogfish
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