Antennarius striatus. This strange looking fish is a master ant camouflage. Within a few weeks it can completely change its color to match its. Antennarius striatus (Striped, Striated, Splitlure, Zebra or Hairy frogfish) is a singulary interesting frogfish, mainly because of its large and well. Antennarius striatus is widespread and common where it occurs in a variety of habitat types over a wide depth range. It is utilized in the aquarium trade, however.

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The coloring of its body is extremely variable because individual fish tend to antennarous their living environments. Scientific American, 6 Water is taken in from the mouth and expelled through tube like gill openings behind the pectoral fins that propel the fish forward by performing opercular exhalations [10] The family generally has a globulos body shape with a large mouth upturned in the front of the body.

Ten Species – Zehn Arten. Further photos of Antennarius striatus.

Wide spread but difficult to find. The illicium is usually darkly banded, and the worm-like escal appendages striatks occasionally reddish pink. A view of the illicium and esca of a striated frogfish.

Western Australian Naturalist 5 7: A subtropical benthic species, the striated frogfish resides in rocky, sandy, and rubble habitats as well as coral reefs. Coloration The color of the striated frogfish is extremely variable including light yellow, orange, green gray or brown with or without black stripes or elongate blotches which are sometimes solid black.

The striated frogfish is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa from Senegal to Southwest Africa including a single record from St. English language common names antennsrius striated frogfishblack angler, blotched anglerfish, spitlure frogfish, striate anglerfish, striped angler, striped anglerfish, and striped frogfish.


Striated frogfish – Wikipedia

The first dorsal spine, the illiciumtips forward, and is modified for use like a fishing rod. Lighter-color phases usually have a series of darkly pigmented streaks radiating from the eye. The second dorsal spine is practically vertical and is movable, while the third one is bent towards the back of the body.

Fantastic footage of Striate Anglerfish spawning. As all frogfishes, A. This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed.

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Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 10 – m Ref. With the oceans gradually becoming warmer, this is increasing the pH levels, causing the waters to hold less oxygen and become more acidic.

Inhabit rocky and coral reefs, on striatue, sand or rubble Ref. The mouth is upturned with palatal teeth. Weitere Bilder von Antennarius striatus. Males usually have longer skin filaments and are more intensely coloured than females. Checklist of the fishes of Western Australia. Species Image Gallery prev next. The female is bloated with eggs during this time, often swelling to twice her normal size.

If the coral is losing its color, the frogfish must adapt and overcome or become more vulnerable to predators. Behavior – Antennarius striatus – Verhalten I have observed often the hairy frogfish walking about on sand, stretching its lure out in front, then again moving the lure over its head in complicated patterns. Found in striatud estuaries along the east coast striatue southern Africa Ref. Frogfishes of the world.

Antennarius striatus Striped, Striated, Splitlure, Zebra or Hairy frogfish belongs to the Antennarius striatus group and is closely related to Antennarius hispidusbut that frogfish has a very bushy lure. This page was last edited on 9 Decemberat Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62, — As the prey approaches, the frogfish begins to move its illicium in such a way that the esca mimics the movements of the organism it resembles which in this case is a worm.


This water flows out through the gills while the prey is swallowed antennariue the esophagus is closed with a specially adapted muscle to keep the victim contained. Colour highly variable, usually light yellow to orange, but also green, red, grey, brown, or almost white with dark-brown to black irregular zebra-like bands or elongate blotches.

Eggs are bound in ribbon-like sheath or mass of antennariius mucus called ‘egg raft’ or ‘veil’ Ref.

Actually I have never encountered him on coral reefs. Grobecker” National Geographic Research. The acidic conditions of the oceans bleach the coral, causing it to lose all color. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia.

Antennarius striatus

Striatue frogfish slowly prepares for the surprise attack on the prey by stalking it or just adjusting its mouth in anticipation. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Antennarius striatus. This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed.

Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, pp. Zoological Catalogue of Australia.

While frogfish have the ability to take in their surroundings and camouflage, they also have the ability to express batesian mimicry where they mimic other dangerous species such as the sea anemone to prevent predators from attacking. Modified by Geelhand, Dimitri. This is seen through the species Antennarius maculatus where the frogfish has changed to a white color in order to blend in with the bleached coral in the Indian Ocean [9].

Atennarius range All suitable habitat Point striagus Year Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Sand, rubble and mud, grassy substrates with scattered objects corals, sponges etc.