Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus)
Family: Antennariidae (Frogfish)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 237 ft. Size: 9 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small benthic fish and crustaceans.
Natural History: The Painted 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 Painted 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 Painted 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 species has been reported to spawn in captivity.
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