Abantennarius nummifer

(Cuvier, 1817)

Vernacular names
English : Spotfin frogfish
French : Antennaire à tache dorsale

Classification
Class : Teleostei
Order : Lophiiformes
Family : Antennariidae
Notes : No subspecies known.

Identification
Maximum length is 13 cm. Round body with caudal peduncle present. Radiating lines around eyes. Coloration variable going from orange to dark brown, often mottled with dusty-grey. Dark spot edged with yellow on dorsal fin.

Range and habitat
Indo Pacific, from Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaii and New Zealand. Also occurs in tropical eastern Atlantic around Azores, Madeira, St Helena and Canary Isl. Benthic species, found in lagoons and seaward reefs, at depths down to 160 meters. Occurs deeper in the Atlantic than in the Indo-Pacific areas.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species remains fairly common in its very large range. It is often collected for the aquarium trade but this isn’t viewed as a threat for now.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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