“Does it look like a frog and a fish combined?”

Histiophryne psychedelica, is a yellow-brown or peach colored frogfish. Yes, I said frogfish.

Does it look like a frog and a fish combined? You decide.

Psychedelica was discovered off Indonesia’s Ambon island. A psychedelic pink, blue and white striped fish which bounces along the seabed has been hailed as a new species by scientists – and called it “psychedelica”. First discovered off Indonesia’s Ambon island by scuba divers last year.
It belongs to the frogfish family, but its looks are unique even among its relatives.
It is completely covered in swirling concentric stripes – white and blue on a peach pink background – radiating out from its aqua-colored eyes. It has a broad flat face, thick fleshy cheeks and chin, and eyes that look forward like a human eyes. 090226-psychedelic-fish-picture_big-ap

The divers described it moving away from them in a series of short hops, its pelvic fins pushing it off the sea bed with each bounce.

First discovered almost 20 years ago, but the wrongly labeled research report kept the discovery hidden until
the divers were unable to identify the fish from photographs circulated among their colleagues, and sent pictures to a frogfish expert at the University of Washington. (1)

Here is a cool pink relative of Psychedelia

They are generally small fish, less than 10–20 cm (3.9–7.9 in) in length, with large globose heads. They can be distinguished from other anglerfish by the three extended dorsal fin spines on their heads. The first dorsal spine is modified as a fishing lure to attract prey. The lure consists of the illicium (the spine) and the esca (the bait), and may resemble a worm, crustacean, or small fish. Frogfishes do not swim in the conventional way; instead, they “walk” on their pectoral fins or use ‘jet propulsion’ (forcefully expelling water from the small opercular opening generally behind and below the pectoral fins).

pink frogfish of Australia

pink frogfish of Australia

They are mostly bottom-dwelling fish, typically living amongst coral, at up to 100 meters (330 ft) depth, where they lie in wait for prey. They are able to change their colour to match the background with high precision, and their camouflage is further aided by numerous warts and filaments on their skin, giving them an appearance similar to rough coral. (2)

The Sargassum fish, Histrio histrio, is unique among frogfish in that it is endemic to and clings on floating Sargassum weed.


Another beauty is the longlure frogfish

Like the rest of the frogfish, the Longlure frogfish are found in tropical oceans and seas around the world.

yellow frogfish

yellow frogfish

Living on the ocean bottom-these fish are well camouflaged and they also have a built in fish line- first dorsal spine waves around like a fishing lure to attract prey.
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Excerpts courtesy of News.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7914121.st

Excerpts courtesy of En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frogfish

Image 1. courtesy of News.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/images/-psychedelic-fish jpg

Image 2. courtesy of En.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Frogfish_ocellated.jpg

Image 3. courtesy of Photography.nationalgeographic.com/frogfish-laman-981881-lw.jpg

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