Some of you may have seen my thread about my resident frogfish (Antennarius striatus
Well, today I was in a fish store I don't normally frequent and even rarer purchase from. I was looking at the lionfish species they have while planning a FOWLR
when I noticed a frogfish sitting in one of the tanks trying to lure at a shoal of fish in the next tank.
Naturally I had to have him. He is temporarily housed in the refugium of my reef tank and will soon move to a tank of his own. This first picture shows how similar he is to my existing one:
The new frog is an Antennarius hispidus
so should stay a little smaller than the existing frog. The two species actually make up the Antennarius striatus group which lies within the Antennarius
genus. I do not expect anything much greater than 6" in captivity.
The main difference between the two is that A. striatus
has a worm-like esca (or lure) whereas that of A. hispidus
is more like a pom-pom. I do not have a picture of the new one luring, but here is one of the old one to show the worm-like esca.
Another difference in the lures is that while A. striatus
has scent glands in the lure to even more entice prey (particularly at night) some specimens of A. hispidus
have been observed with bio-luminescent lures. Finally, A. striatus
tend to have more filamentous growth and thus look more "shaggy".
The face on pictures below also show a different structure to the face in the snout as well.
Anyway, enough talk of the fish, and on with the eye candy