Identification Key Frogfishes
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There are only 5 frogfish species found in the Eastern Pacific. Two of them are the largest species known - Fowlerichthys avalonis and Antennarius commerson. These two species differ in the large ocellus (eye spot) with a white margin that can be seen on the body of Fowlerichthys avalonis. Furthermore Antennarius commerson has a very long lure with a distinct bait. Please also look at the coloring.
Antennatus coccineus and Antennatus sanguineus are related to each other and both belong to genus Antennatus. These two species can be distinguished by the shape of the bait (Esca of Antennatus sanguineus with long filaments)
Antennatus strigatus hast a distinct coloring which is differnt to other frogfishes.
This identification key is only for species of the subfamily Antennariinae (frogfishes, family Antennariidae, suborder Antennarioidei) which are frogfishes living in tropical and Subtropical waters.
I identified all frogfishes (anglerfishes) to my best knowledge. Frogfishes are specially difficult to identify (see tips for identification) so mistakes are possible of course! Please write to me, if you have any questions. Latin names according to the newest scientific findings, ITIS Standard Report and Fishbase.
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