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Black frogfish
awaiting identification*
Family Antennariidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This all black and almost velvety frogfish is sometimes seen on our Southern shores. Among coral rubble. There some people who suggest that this is a black version of juvenile Spotted-tail frogfishes (Lophiocharon trisignatus). I have yet to confirm this.

Features: 6-10cm. All-black body covered with tiny bumps instead of scales. Some have sand-coloured markings on the edges of the fins and tail. The lure at the top of its head is pale beige and fluffy. It seems to have white markings on the inside of the mouth. Lying motionless on the reef flat, it is easily mistaken for a black sponge!

Sometimes mistaken for stonefish and scorpionfishes. Here's more on how to tell apart fishes that look like stones.

Sisters Island, Aug 07

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Black frogfishes on Singapore shores

Photos of Black frogfishes for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Sentosa Serapong, May 16
Photo shared by Dayna Cheah on facebook.


Sentosa, Nov 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Pulau Semakau, Sep 05


Terumbu Semakau, Aug 17
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.


Pulau Hantu, Oct 14
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.


Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Sep 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.



Pulau Semakau, Aug 14
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.


Beting Bemban Besar, Jun 15
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.


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