Three-spot Frogfish

The three-spot frogfish (Lophiocharon trisignatus), seen here off the coast of Western Australia, looks like it might just be a rock or a part of the sea floor! Frogfish use various methods of camouflage such as their rough shape, color changes and even inflation to hide from their predators. The male of this species carries clusters of eggs on its side while they develop. 


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Submitted by The Ocean Portal Team on

Hi Nyankonton,

They do camouflage similarly -- but frogfish (Family: Antennariidae) and stonefish (Family: Synanceiidae) are not very closely related. They are both "ray-finned fishes" (in the class Actinopterygii). The sargassumfish, however, is a frogfish! Learn more about the sargassumfish and other sargassum camouflagers.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Submitted by Nyankonton (not verified) on

Are these frog fish in the same species as the stone or Sargasm fish? Just wondering because the have similar camouflage affects.