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  Common names: frogfish (English), pejerana (Espanol), ranisapo (Espanol), zanahoria (Espanol)
Antennarius commerson (Latreille, 1804)

Commerson's frogfish

Body globular, somewhat compressed;  a very large, upward directed mouth;  fishing pole ~ twice as long as second dorsal spine, lure (length ~ 20% of pole length), elongate, with a cluster of small filaments at the base; second dorsal spine joined to head by thick, fleshy membrane; 3rd  dorsal spine curved to rear, movable, not bound down by skin; limb-like pectoral fins with an "elbow" joint,  that fin broadly connected to body; a small round gill opening, below and behind pectoral base; with a tail base; pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.

Pink, red, brown, yellow, green; body and fins spotted or mottled with blotches of lighter or darker colors - purple, brown, black, white; 0-15 short dark bars radiating from eye.

Size: 35 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 5-70 m, usually deeper than 20 m.

Indo-Pacific; central Mexico to Colombia, the Revillagigedos,  Cocos, Malpelo and Gorgona Island (Colombia).   


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