A fish so intricate and glittery it could be an ornament in your holiday displays. At first glance, you might not realize this showy Painted Frogfish (Antennarius Pictus) is even a fish. And its glitz disguises a ferocious carnivorous appetite.
See that antenna-like thing coming out of its nose? That’s a dorsal spine, used by the rather sedentary frogfish to lure smaller fish and crustaceans into its large mouth.
Mahalo to Allen Lee, for allowing us to post this terrific photo that he snapped in Indonesia.
“We expect to make discoveries that will advance our understanding of undersea ecosystems, particularly those associated with submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal vents. The geographical area of operation is located entirely within the ‘Coral Triangle Region’, the global heart of shallow-water marine biodiversity. This will also be the first time scientists use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to get even a glimpse of deepwater biodiversity in the waters of the Sangihe Talaud Region.”
The folks at NOAA also sent us this close-up photo, which shows this expedition’s remarkable photography capabilities: