Antennarius pictus (Shaw, 1794)
Painted frogfish
photo by Petrinos, C.

Family:  Antennariidae (Frogfishes), subfamily: Antennariinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 75 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian and Society islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Color variable; has a black phase with white pectoral ray tips. Bony part of illicium with numerous dark crossbands and nearly twice as long as the 2nd dorsal spine; esca an elongate tuft of flattened appendage. Description: Characterized by having a thin posterior membrane covered with spinules attaching second dorsal spine to head; low rounded wart-like swellings partially or fully covering head and body; presence of distinct caudal peduncle (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabit shallow sheltered reefs (Ref. 9710). Adults usually with sponges; juveniles openly on sand or reef, mimicking small sponges or nudibranchs (Ref. 48635). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Oviparous. Eggs are bound in ribbon-like sheath or mass of gelatinous mucus called 'egg raft' or 'veil' (Ref. 6773).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 23.05.94
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 20.02.13
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 23.05.94

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