IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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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.


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