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Striated frogfish

The striated frogfish, Antennarius striatus, is a frogfish of the family Antennariidae, found in all subtropical oceans, to depths of between 32.81 and 688.98 ft (10 and 210 m). Its length is up to 9.84 in (25 cm).

The striated frogfish inhabits rocky and coral reefs, on rocks, sand or rubble, and is also found in weedy estuaries along the east coast of southern Africa. In the Atlantic, it is found at an average depth of 131.23 ft (40 m). Observed to inflate itself greatly like the puffers. Reproduction is oviparous, eggs being bound in a ribbon-like sheath or mass of gelatinous mucus called an ‘egg raft’ or ‘veil’.

Coloration is variable, often light yellow, orange, green, gray or brown with black stripes or elongate blotches, sometimes solid black. Prominent lines radiate from the eyes. Males have more intense coloration and extended cutaneous appendages than females.

Striated frogfish


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