Juvenile warty frogfish Warty frogfish. Feb 18, - Dive Center , Home. A whirlwind of confusion for proper identification seems to emanate from the fact that frogfish so easily adapt to their environment. Most of the available data on marine animals comes from fisheries - not a place where many anglerfish are to be found. Why do they call it the hairy frogfish? They rarely, if ever, swim while hunting, and assume a more stationary position. Photo by Andrew Taylor in Mozambique with an Olympus with a wide-angle lens.
One of the critter kings, anglerfish are often photographed for a number of reasons - their various contrasting colours, textures and camouflages, their incredible hunting tactics and of course their down-turned mouths and muppet-like faces. The camouflage aids in protection from predators and enables them to lure prey. Views Read Edit View history. More amazing photos of several rare Histiophryne frogfish species:
Frogfish do not have any lightning responses other than for feeding because they have very little to fear in the way of predation. Short of getting out your scalpel, there is no way to tell male from female. These tiny frogfish, less than 10mm are great subjects for supermacro underwater photography. Indeed in some cultures, man would happily lift some floating sargassum and take the sheltering frogfish home to be eaten.
Dyron Double Macro M77 Nikon mm f3. These frogfish come in different varieties, often striped or with hairy appendages. Bluewater Photo Black Friday Preview Feb 18, - Dive Center , Home. These hair like body extensions are called spinules and help the frogfish to blend into coral, sponges and sea weed. It is possible that other opportunistic predators would devour anglerfish, particularly when they are still young.