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  Common names: frogfish (English), pejerana (Espanol), ranisapo (Espanol), zanahoria (Espanol)
 
Antennarius coccineus (Lesson, 1831)

Scarlet frogfish


Body globular, somewhat compressed;  fishing pole very short, lure a folded sphere with short basal filaments or elongate with slender filaments and a cluster of swollen darkly pigmented swellings at its base; second dorsal spine not joined to head by membrane, rear surface without small spines; 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;  no tail base (dorsal and anal fins connected to tail fin); pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.

Brown, red-brown, yellow-brown, pale yellowish white; mottled or spotted with darker and/or lighter colors (e.g. white, pink); sometimes a dark spot at rear base of dorsal fin; belly speckled but without large dark spots.

Size: 13 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 1-75 m.

Diet: fishes.

Indo-Pacific; Central Mexico to Panama, Clipperton and Cocos.
   

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