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Identification Key Frogfishes

Western Atlantic (incl. the Caribbean) - Frogfishes with short lures

All frogfish species listed here are living in the Western Atlantic and are not striped.
For striped frogfishes living in the Western Atlantic click here.
For a overwiew of all frogfishes from this area click here.

Antennatus nummifer lives in nearly all tropical oceans, unfortunately it lives very hidden and is found not that often. To differ it from the less common Antennatus bermudensis you have to take a close look at the dorsal spines of the frogfish - the second dorsal spine of Antennatus bermudensis is bent backwards and the luring apparatus has several slender filaments and dark swellings ar the base. Both frogfishes are closely related and belong to the genus Antennatus.

Antennatus bermudensis (Island frogfish) - Antennarius bermudensis

Antennarius bermudensis - Island frogfish - Bermuda Anglerfisch - Antenario

Information

6cm

Antennarius bermudensis - Island frogfish - Bermuda Anglerfisch - Antenario


Antennatus nummifer (Spotfin frogfish)

Antennarius 
        nummifer - Spotfin frogfish (coinbearing frogfish, whitefingered frogfish) - Rückenfleck Anglerfisch

Information

10cm

Antennarius 
        nummifer - Spotfin frogfish (coinbearing frogfish, whitefingered frogfish) - Rückenfleck Anglerfisch


Antennarius pauciradiatus has a membrane connecting the second and third dorsal spine.

Antennarius pauciradiatus (Dwarf frogfish)

Antennarius pauciradiatus - Dwarfed Frogfish - Zwergenhafter Anglerfisch - pescador enano

Information

1.5-5cm

Antennarius pauciradiatus - Dwarfed Frogfish - Zwergenhafter Anglerfisch - pescador enano

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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