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Identification Key Frogfishes

Eastern Pacific

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There are only 5 frogfish species found in the Eastern Pacific. Two of them are the largest species known - Fowlerichthys avalonis and Antennarius commerson. These two species differ in the large ocellus (eye spot) with a white margin that can be seen on the body of Fowlerichthys avalonis. Furthermore Antennarius commerson has a very long lure with a distinct bait. Please also look at the coloring.

Antennarius commerson (Giant frogfish)

Antennarius commerson - Giant frogfish (Commerson's frogfish) - Riesen Anglerfisch

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30cm

Antennarius commerson - Giant frogfish (Commerson's frogfish) - Riesen Anglerfisch


Fowlerichthys avalonis (Roughbar frogfish)

Antennarius avalonis - Roughbar frogfish - pez zanahoria

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33cm

Antennarius avalonis (Roughbar frogfish - Avalonis Anglerfisch)

Antennatus coccineus and Antennatus sanguineus are related to each other and both belong to genus Antennatus. These two species can be distinguished by the shape of the bait (Esca of Antennatus sanguineus with long filaments)

Antennatus coccineus (Freckled frogfish)

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9-13cm

Antennatus coccineus - Antennarius coccineus - Freckled frogfish (Scarlet frogfish) - Sommersprossen Anglerfisch


Antennatussanguineus (Sanguine frogfish)

Antennarius sanguineus - Bloody frogfish (Sanguine frogfish) - Blutiger Anglerfisch

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8cm

Antennatus strigatus hast a distinct coloring which is differnt to other frogfishes.

Antennatus strigatus (Bandtail frogfish)

Antennatus strigatus - Bandtail frogfish - Gebänderter Schwanz Anglerfisch

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8cm

Antennatus strigatus - Bandtail frogfish - Gebänderter Schwanz Anglerfisch

Antennatus tuberosus - Tuberculated Frogfish, Bandfin Frogfish, Pygmy Frogfish - "Tuberkel" Anglerfisch)

This identification key is only for species of the subfamily Antennariinae (frogfishes, family Antennariidae, suborder Antennarioidei) which are frogfishes living in tropical and Subtropical waters.
Please take note, that this is a simplified identification key. Ichthyologists use tables with the number of dorsal, anal and pectoral rays, the length of the illicium and other distinguishing characteristics for means of identification.

I identified all frogfishes (anglerfishes) to my best knowledge. Frogfishes are specially difficult to identify (see tips for identification) so mistakes are possible of course! Please write to me, if you have any questions. Latin names according to the newest scientific findings, ITIS Standard Report and Fishbase.


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