By Bob Goemans
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 Antennarius coccineus (Scarlet Frogfish, Freckled Frogfish)

Antennarius coccineus
(Lesson, 1831)

Scarlet Frogfish, Freckled Frogfish

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


These fishes belong in the Order Lophiiformes and Suborder Antennarioidei as members of the Family Antennariidae (Frogfishes) consisting of 12 genera, with 43+ species.

There are 12 different genera comprised of about 43 species of frogfishes. These predatory, lumpy-looking animals have modified leg and foot-like pectoral fins that can be used for a walking motion. Also, their first dorsal spine is elongated forming a bait-like appendage, called the esca, which is used to attract prey within striking distance. They are masters at camouflage and easily blend with their surroundings. Multicolored and quite interesting yet showing little or no movement until dinner is within reach. The below mentioned species, some of which are available in the trade, are better maintained in a small aquarium without eatable tankmates.

Since these are sedimentary fishes, their metabolism is quite low. Therefore, infrequent feedings of once or twice a week for adults and three or four times a week for juveniles is highly recommended. Small live fish/shrimp, preferably marine species, or frozen foodstuffs suspended/impaled on a long stick will suffice.

For in-depth information concerning these interesting fishes, checkout 'Reef Fishes Volume 1 by Scott Michael (ISBN #1-890087-21-1). You can see a review of this exquisite book by visiting my Product & Book Review page.

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