Sargassum Frogfish (Histrio histrio)
Family: Antennariidae (Frogfish)
Natural Range: Tropical Seas Worldwide
Depth: 0 to 10 ft. Size: 7.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Sargassum shrimp, fish, bristle worms, crabs
Natural History: The Sargassum Frogfish is found near the surface, hiding among sargassum weed. Larva have been reported at great depths, from over 150 down to almost 2000 feet. This species hunts during the day and uses camouflage to avoid attack by predators. This species has a voracious appetite and is reported to feed on fish that are larger than itself. This frogfish jumps and inflates its stomach with water to avoid predation.
Husbandry: The Sargassum Frogfish should be kept in an aquarium with some type of rock or supporting structure near the surface. This will satisfy its natural desire to perch and hunt. It does not have to be kept with sargassum algae. Only one specimen should be kept per aquarium. This frogfish will eat fish much larger than itself, as well as other members of its own species.
Reproduction: This species has been bred in captivity. When two are introduced together, close observation is required to avoid fin shredding and violent behavior. Successful breeding pairs include males that circle, nudge, and push the female to release a raft of eggs, which the male fertilizes.
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