Antennatus bermudensis

Common Name

Island Frogfish

Year Described

Schultz, 1957


Dorsal Fin: III, 12
Anal Fin: 7
Pelvic Fin: 5
Pectoral Fin: 9-10
Caudal Fin: 9 bifurcate rays
Vertebrae: 19

Body globose with a large terminal mouth that is strongly oblique. Dermal spinules bifurcate. Skin thick and firm with many warts and rough patches caused by concentrations of spinules. No naked patches near lateral line. Illicium well developed and naked; filamentous. Illicium shorter than second dorsal spine. Esca a blob of round bulbs and short flaps/filaments. Second dorsal spine connected broadly to third dorsal spine.
Pectoral fin lobe attached. Pelvic fin with only last ray branched (rest simple). Caudal peduncle absent (median fins attached to caudal fin by membrane). Pseudobranch absent.


Fairly plain colored: brown to tan or orangish with pale reticulations and faint spots. A single large ocellus under soft dorsal fin is the only consistent marking. Pale lines radiate from the eye


A small species: reaches 77mm SL.


Coral reefs from 4-30m. Appears to be more common around islands.


Scattered records from the Bahamas to Venezuela in the Caribbean. Also Bermuda.


Pietsch, T.W. & Arnold, R.J. 2020. Frogfishes: Biodiversity, Zoogeography, and Behavioral Ecology. JHU Press.