Specimen was found in a bucket floating in Lagoon Pond by Shelly Edmundson.
Also called three-spot anglerfish, this frogfish is recognizable as adults by three white or dark spots on its body (depending on its overall coloration). They grow to a maximum size of about 2.5cm in length.
Spotted this individual at a muck dive site. Not very sure that this is A. pictus -- the strange-looking esca is throwing me off.
I'm not 100% certain that this is A. pictus.
Also called clown frogfish.
This reef-associated fish has a globular body that's somewhat compressed, in varying colors depending on surroundings. It has a large, upward-directed and protrusible mouth. True to its other name, giant anglerfish, and like other frogfish species, it has a "fishing pole" with a lure, located on its head above the mouth. It has limb-like pectoral fins with "elbow" joints. It feeds on small fish, and grows to about 35cm in length.
Giant frogfish love to hang around sponges. In this observation, it was perched between two barrel sponges.
Also known as scarlet frogfish and freckled anglerfish (and formerly classified as Antennarius coccineus). They feed on small fish, crustaceans and worms, and grow to a length of ~12cm. Coloration variable to match surroundings.
Anglerfishes are members of the teleost order Lophiiformes /ˌlɒfiːəˈfɔrmiːz/. They are bony fishes named for their characteristic mode of predation, in which a fleshy growth from the fish's head (the esca or illicium) acts as a lure.