The Warty Frogfish
By: Ellie Knight
This species of frogfish thrives in shallow sheltered reefs, among algae, sponges and soft corals up to 20m deep. They can be found from Mauritius to Solomon islands, Papua New Guinea, probably New Caledonia, mainly the Philippines and Indonesia Southeast Asia to Japan (Zubi, 2008).
Frogfish are not strong swimmers, instead they move by sucking in large amounts of water and forcing it through their gills to propel themselves. They also can hop, walk or gallop using their specially adapted "feet" fins (Ferrai, 2013).
To attract prey frogfish have a lure called an illicium that looks like food to other fish and crustaceans. They can swallow them live in one gulp because of their extendable mouth and stomach. Warty frogfish have been seen being eaten by other frogfish and moray eels but they are not a staple in any predators diet. However when they are eggs or still plankton they are eaten by all kinds of fish (Diving, n.d.).
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