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Identification Key Frogfishes

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.

Question: In which geographic area have you found the frogfish?

If you can answer this question it is already much easier to find out which frogfish you have found. A lot of frogfishes are only found in a limited area.

Australien continue here

Hawaii continue here

Indian Ocean continue here

Japan and Taiwan continue here

Eastern Atlantic continue here

Eastern Pacific continue here

Red Sea continue here

Western Atlantic continue here

If not from one of the areas mentioned above the frogfish should live in the

Indopacific continue here

Or... no idea where from continue here

Photos of Frogfish-Species

Antennarius: Antennarius biocellatus / Antennarius commerson / Antennarius hispidus / Antennarius maculatus / Antennarius multiocellatus / Antennarius pardalis / Antennarius pauciradiatus / Antennarius pictus / Antennarius randalli / Antennarius sarasa / Antennarius striatus

Antennatus: Antennatus analis / Antennatus bermudensis / Antennatus coccineus / Antennatus dorehensis / Antennatus duescus / Antennatus flagellatus / Antennatus linearis / Antennatus nummifer / Antennatus rosaceus / Antennatus sanguineus / Antennatus strigatus / Antennatus tuberosus / New species? - Antennatus sp. - neue Art?

Fowlerichthys: Fowlerichthys avalonis / Fowlerichthys ocellatus / Fowlerichthys radiosus / Fowlerichthys scriptissimus / Fowlerichthys senegalensis

Histiophryne: Histiophryne bougainvilli / Histiophryne cryptacanthus / Histiophryne maggiewalker / Histiophryne pogonius / Histiophryne psychedelica / Histiophryne sp - new species?

Echinophryne: Echinophryne crassispina / Echinophryne mitchelli / Echinophryne reynoldsi

Kuiterichthys: Kuiterichthys furcipilis

Lophiocharon: Lophiocharon hutchinsi / Lophiocharon lithinostomus / Lophiocharon trisignatus

Rhycherus: Rhycherus filamentosus / Rhycherus gloveri

Allenichthys glauerti / Histrio histrio / Nudiantennarius subteres / Phyllophryne scortea / Tathicarpus butleri / Antennariidae gen. et nov. sp.

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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