Quite Possibly the Ugliest Fish in the SeaPosted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 12:09 pm by Shawnpaul
Photo courtesy of Reef Hot Spot
The Yellow Wartskin Anglerfish, Antennarius maculatus possesses a face that only a mother could love, yet its unique aesthetic and predator status keep it active within the hobby.
Also called Warty Frogfish, Wartskin Frogfish, and the Clown Wartskin Angler the Yellow Wartskin Anglerfish has highly recognizable characteristics such as its bumpy textured skin and its blotchy color variations. This fish uses it’s sub-par looks to blend into the reef, which is a great compliment to its sedentary lifestyle. In addition to the rough exterior the fish is able to change its color camouflaging itself to blend in even better.
Although slow moving, the bite of the Yellow Wartskin Anglerfish is speedy and impressive. They can swallow fish and invertebrates of the same size, making them an ultimate predator. Special care should be taken when selecting fellow tank mates. Often times, when hobbyists are having issues getting the Yellow Wartskin Anglerfish to eat, they will add chromis or damsels to the tank as colorful reef-safe incentives.
The Yellow Wartskin Anglerfish tops out at 6″ and should only be kept in tanks larger than 50 gallons. The ideal diet would include live saltwater feeder fish, shrimp, and small invertebrates. Considered “reef-safe”, the Yellow Wartskin Anglerfish is a great choice for the more refined hobbyist, as long as the clean-up crew is able to be used for dietary purposes.
The Yellow Wartskin Anglerfish is generally priced between $100-$250 for a small 2-3″ specimen, shop around.