Jan 3, 2008

No Pleasing Him

There are 45 species of frogfish in the world (in tropical and subtropical waters at least). They are distinguished from other anglerfish by their three extended dorsal spines, the first one of which functioning as a lure.

This is the face of one of them. He doesn't seem very happy, despite hanging around the reef all day, being able to avoid detection by predators, and having his meals come to him. You just can't please some people/fish.

Photo source: Jenny Huang

5 comments:

zhimbo said...

Which way is "up" in that picture?

booge said...

I think frogfishes look like burst blood vessels. Although this one also reminds me of Tim Curry in "Legend" for some reason.

Jade said...

I've always had a sweet spot for frog fish. If you want some other ones for the page, try looking for cowfish/box fish, toad fish, and scorpion fish. All are poisonous, and ugly as hell! :)

Katie said...

Looks like something out of "Dr. Who".

LisaL said...

I think frogfish are kinda cute in their odd ways. I love that they "walk" on their fins.. so funny!