Antennarius commerson   (Lacepede,  1798) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 38 cm TL.

Color: Comes in a variety of colors like yellow, orange, green, brown, and black.

Bony part of illicium about equal to length of the 2nd dorsal spine (10.2-16.9 %SL); esca a small tuft of flattened appendages. Illicial length in %SL: 19.3-25.2. Membrane behind 2nd dorsal spine thick and spinulose, extending to base of third. One of the largest species. Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 - 13; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8.

Oviparous. Eggs are bound in ribbon-like sheath or mass of gelatinous mucus called 'egg raft' or 'veil'.

Synonym (s)
Antennarius bivertex Commerson, 1798
Antennarius caudimaculatus (Ruppell, 1838)
Antennarius chironectes (non Latreille, 1804)
Antennarius commerson (Latreille, 1804)
Antennarius commersoni (non Latreille, 1804)

Common Name (s)
• Commerson's frogfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Sandy
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fish


• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

Page last updated on:2010-08-17

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