Antennatus coccineus (Lesson, 1831)
Scarlet frogfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Antennariidae (Frogfishes), subfamily: Antennariinae
Max. size:  13 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 75 m
Distribution:  Indo-East-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the easternmost islands of the Pacific Plate (Ref. 6773), including the Desventuradas Is. (Ref. 89357).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Color variable, usually yellow, red or pale tan, often with a weakly pigmented dark spot at posterior dorsal fin base. Illicium about equal to the length of the 2nd dorsal spine. Esca a spherical whitish blob or it may be filamentous. Last ray of pelvic fin bifurcate. Caudal peduncle absent. Description: Characterized by unbranched pelvic rays except posterior most; curved second dorsal spine, not connected to head by membrane; depressed naked area between second and third dorsal spines; dorsal and anal fins ending at base of caudal fin (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Collected from tide pools as well as lagoon and seaward reefs (Ref. 1602); secretive among rocks and sponges (Ref. 48635). Feeds on small fishes (Ref. 89972). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Oviparous. Eggs are bound in ribbon-like sheath or mass of gelatinous mucus called 'egg raft' or 'veil' (Ref. 6773). Found among reef crevices or among rubble in 1-75 m, but usually less than 10 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.04.92
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 30.09.14
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.06.95

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