IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: frogfish (English), pejerana (Espanol), ranisapo (Espanol), zanahoria (Espanol)
Antennatus strigatus (Gill, 1863)

Bandtail frogfish

Body globular, somewhat compressed;  a very large, upward directed mouth;  fish pole about equal in length to second dorsal spine, without spicules, tapering to a fine point, "lure" a tiny lobed appendage, scarcely differentiated from pole; second dorsal spine straight, conical and free, not connected to head by membrane; third dorsal spine immobile, projecting upwards in a large hump, bound to head by skin; limb-like pectoral fins with an "elbow" joint, that fin broadly connected to body; a small round gill opening, below and behind pectoral base; no tail base, rear margins of dorsal and anal fins join body at base of tail fin; pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.

Yellowish to pinkish red with dark brown to blackish reticulations and marbling; sometimes almost entirely creamy yellow.

Maximum length, 9.5 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Usually found in 1-15 m, but ranging to at least 40 m.

The central Gulf of California to Ecuador; all the offshore islands.


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