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| Common names: frogfish (English), ranisapo (Espanol), pejerana (Espanol), zanahoria (Espanol) |
Antennarius avalonis Jordan & Starks, 1907
Roughjaw frogfish, Roughbar frogfish
Body globular, somewhat compressed; "fishing-pole" about equal to or slightly shorter than length of second dorsal spine, the "bait" (~ 40% of pole length) is an oval shaped cluster of numerous short vertically aligned appendages; second dorsal spine attached to head by membrane; 3rd dorsal spine movable, not bound down by skin; a very large, upward directed mouth; 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 tail base; pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.
Color highly variable: yellow, orange, red, brown, or black, always with pronounced light and dark mottling; a large black spot surrounded by narrow orange ring on rear of base of dorsal fin.
Size: grows to 36 cm.
Habitat: usually found on flat sand or mud bottoms.
Depth: 10-300 m.
Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru, Galapagos and Cocos.