Shaggy Anglerfish (Antennarius hispidus)
Family: Antennariidae (Frogfish)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 224 ft. Size: 8 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic fish and crustaceans.
Natural History: The Shaggy Anglerfish is found singly on sheltered reefs. It has been observed hiding among leaf debris in estuaries and bays. 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. This species is reported to be able to swim by jet-propulsion.
Husbandry: The Shaggy Anglerfish should only be housed with tankmates that are significantly larger than it is. It should be provided an aquarium 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. The Shaggy Anglerfish is reported to spend much of its captive time in the open, thus making a great display animal.
AKA: Hispid Frogfish, Shaggy Frogfish
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