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 (frôg′fĭsh′, frŏg′-)
n. pl. frogfish or frog·fish·es
Any of various bottom-dwelling fishes of the family Antennariidae, characteristically having a prickly or warty globose body, grasping pectoral fins, and a modified dorsal fin spine that serves as a lure.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any angler (fish) of the family Antennariidae, in which the body is covered with fleshy processes, including a fleshy lure on top of the head


(ˈfrɒgˌfɪʃ, ˈfrɔg-)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any tropical marine fish of the family Antennariidae, having a wide froglike mouth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frogfish - fish having a frog-like mouth with a lure on the snoutfrogfish - fish having a frog-like mouth with a lure on the snout
Antennariidae, family Antennariidae - frogfishes; tropical spiny-finned marine fishes having large nearly vertical mouths; related to toadfishes and anglers
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
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It's a frogfish in the Caribbean, and it uses camouflage to surprise its prey.
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An official of the Centre for Marine Sciences and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the frogfish (anglerfish) was hunted by fisherman Ibrahim bin Mohammad Al Yahyai in Oman sea.
Antennarius scaber (Cuvier 1817), Splitlure Frogfish.
The ovaries and ovarian eggs of the angler or frogfish (Lophius piscatorius), and of the John Dory (Zeus faber).
We were on a dive and were looking at a hairy frogfish and my friend was lying on the bottom.
During a week's trip and fitting in around eight dives, EDA divers recorded seeing hawksbill turtles, Jenkins whipray, blue-spotted stingray and bamboo shark, besides blue-ringed angelfish, yellowtail barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, giant frogfish and crocodile fish.
The fish, aptly named Danionella dracula, was chosen--along with species like a far-out frogfish and killer sponge by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.
The top 10 new species also include a deep-sea worm that when threatened releases green luminescent 'bombs', a sea slug that eats insects and a flat-faced frogfish with an unusual psychedelic pattern.
He quickly figured out that the fish was an frogfish--and he should know, since Pietsch has been studying frogfish for decades.
From the relatively familiar (sea lions, sharks, turtles) to the more exotic (giant cuttlefish, frogfish, crown jellyfish), the pic captures its kaleidoscopic images with inimitable Imax clarity and a mindblowing immediacy, made all the more remarkable by the 3-D format.