Longlure frogfish

Longlure frogfish

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Credit: ANDREW J. MARTINEZ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Frogfish. Longlure frogfish, or angler fish (Antennarius multiocellatus) camouflaged amongst rocks on the seabed. This fish lies in wait for smaller fish, its main prey, before engulfing them when they near its mouth (centre left). It uses a lure on its forehead to attract prey, seen at upper left. This is wiggled in a pattern to simulate a fish or shrimp. The cryptic colouration also helps it avoid its own predators. These fish can change their colour to match their surroundings. These fish almost never swim, instead running short distances across the seabed on their spiny pectoral fins. Photographed off Bonaire Island in the Netherlands Antilles.

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