Antennarius pictus   (Shaw,  1794) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Honeycutt, K.

Size: 30 cm TL.

Color: Variable; has a black phase with white pectoral ray tips.

Bony part of illicium with numerous dark crossbands and nearly twice as long as the 2nd dorsal spine; esca an elongate tuft of flattened appendage. Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 - 13; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 7 - 8.

Adults usually with sponges; juveniles openly on sand or reef, mimicking small sponges or nudibranchs.

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

Synonym (s)
Antennarius chironectes (Latreille, 1804)
Lophius chironectes Latreille, 1804
Lophiocharon horridus (Bleeker, 1853)
Chironectes verus Cloquet, 1817
Chironectes leprosus Eydoux & Souleyet, 1850
Antennarius polyophthalmus Bleeker, 1852
Antennarius leprosus (Eydoux & Souleyet, 1850)
Antennarius horridus Bleeker, 1853
Antennarius oligospilos (non Bleeker, 1857)
Lophius histrio (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Lophius variegatus (non Rafinesque, 1814)
Lophius pictus Shaw, 1794

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

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Sandy
Predator:  Aprion virescens


• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Varghese, M; Manisseri, MK; Ramamurthy, N; Geetha, PM; Thomas, VJ and Gandhi, A (2011) Coral reef fishes of Gulf of Mannar, S.E of India Fishing Chimes CMFRI 31(1) 38-40 Available at - NIO, Goa

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