Antennatus analis (Schultz, 1957)
Tailjet frogfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Antennariidae (Frogfishes), subfamily: Antennariinae
Max. size:  7.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 21 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Christmas Island and Rowley Shoals to the Society Islands, including Palau, Fiji, Samoa, Oahu, and Hawaii.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Gill openings located far back near the anal fin origin (Ref. 4538). Description: Characterized by having shades of mottled brown color; unbranched pelvic rays; illicium about twice as long as second dorsal spine, 3.7-5.0 in SL; tuft of slender filaments from fleshy base, esca; straight second dorsal spine and not broadly connected to head with membrane; straight to slightly curved third dorsal spine, 3.9-5.3 in SL; dorsal and anal fins ending at base of caudal fin; no caudal peduncle (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Has been collected from tide pools and to outer reef slopes (Ref. 1602). Benthic species (Ref. 58302, 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 26 January 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  poisonous to eat
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 20.06.94
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 14.02.12
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.09.94

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