Members of the frogfish family are some of the most unusual fishes found on coral reefs. Sometimes called anglerfishes (see our article Anglers of the Reef), they are a favorite of scuba divers looking for odd critters. Although they are not uncommon in certain areas, frogfishes are often difficult to find. They are masters at changing their appearance to match whatever they are sitting on or adjacent to. The casual diver will usually pass right by a frogfish without seeing it. Their ability to disguise themselves, as well as the special "built-in" fishing rod and lure they possess to attract and catch other fish, enhance the frogfishes success as an ambush predator. They are truly unique inhabitants of the coral reef ecosystem.
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All photos; Scott W. Michael