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| Common names: frogfish (English), pejerana (Espanol), ranisapo (Espanol), zanahoria (Espanol) |
Antennarius commerson (Latreille, 1804)
Body globular, somewhat compressed; a very large, upward directed mouth; fishing pole ~ twice as long as second dorsal spine, lure (length ~ 20% of pole length), elongate, with a cluster of small filaments at the base; second dorsal spine joined to head by thick, fleshy membrane; 3rd dorsal spine curved to rear, movable, not bound down 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; with a tail base; pelvic fins short; skin of body rough, covered with close-set, double-pointed spicules.
Pink, red, brown, yellow, green; body and fins spotted or mottled with blotches of lighter or darker colors - purple, brown, black, white; 0-15 short dark bars radiating from eye.
Size: 35 cm.
Habitat: rocky bottoms.
Depth: 5-70 m, usually deeper than 20 m.
Indo-Pacific; central Mexico to Colombia, the Revillagigedos, Cocos, Malpelo and Gorgona Island (Colombia).