Frogfish (Freckled Anglerfish)

Antennarius coccineus
Image by Tanaka Juuyoh.

The frogfish are primarily tropical fishes that are famous for their use of a ‘lure’ to attract prey.

Fishes in the family antennariidae, have also been called anglerfish, shore anglerfish, and sea mice. Antennariids are classified in a different suborder, the Antennarioidei, to the deepsea anglerfish. Worldwide there are about 43 species. The Australian fauna contains 27 species in 13 genera, 5 of which are temperate endemic genera.