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SCREAM! This Painted Frogfish - Antennarius pictus is seen with its mouth open, sometimes divers described this as yawn.  Frogfishes are favourite subject for underwater macro photographers as they can be difficult to find due to their camouflage.  They don't moves much, making it very easy to take close-up pictures of them.  However, if you have the patience and spend more time with them, they may not like the attention and will open their mouth as captured in this picture as a way to tell you to buzz off! lol Antennarius pictus,Cebu,Fish,Frogfish,Malapascua,Painted frogfish,Philippines Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

SCREAM!

This Painted Frogfish - Antennarius pictus is seen with its mouth open, sometimes divers described this as yawn. Frogfishes are favourite subject for underwater macro photographers as they can be difficult to find due to their camouflage. They don't moves much, making it very easy to take close-up pictures of them. However, if you have the patience and spend more time with them, they may not like the attention and will open their mouth as captured in this picture as a way to tell you to buzz off! lol

    comments (13)

  1. STUNNING! This makes me smile, Albert! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks, Lisa.
      Glad you like this one :)
      Posted 6 months ago
  2. Incredible shot, Albert! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy :) Posted 6 months ago
  3. Love this! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks, Christine :) Posted 6 months ago
  4. I wanted to see it in action:
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Cool! :) Posted 6 months ago
  5. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "The frogfish yawn! Frogfish are known to extend their mouths, thus increasing the size inside up to twelve times its original volume; this behavior is called "yawning". When they yawn, you can see the impressive muscle in the back of their throats, which keeps food trapped in their stomachs. However, when a frogfish opens its mouth, it's not really yawning, but there are several reasons for this behavior. First, sometimes frogfish open their mouths wide after eating—they do this to expel any undigested bits like sand and scales. Another reason that they open wide is to realign their jawbones. This type of yawn usually occurs before eating. Their jawbones naturally get misaligned, which can impact their success in capturing a meal. So, before eating, they stretch their mouths open to restore their jawbones to their normal position. Finally, frogfish yawn in response to stress. In this scenario, the yawn is defensive and is a way to tell a potential aggressor to get lost. {The Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus) spotted in the Philippines by JungleDragon moderator, Albert Kang}"

    Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks, Christine for featuring this observation :) Posted 5 months ago
      1. You're welcome Albert. It's such an epic shot! Posted 5 months ago
  6. Such a nice one! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks, Marta :) Posted 5 months ago

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The painted frogfish or spotted frogfish, ''Antennarius pictus'', is a marine fish belonging to the family Antennariidae.

Similar species: Anglerfishes
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Dec 15, 2018. Captured Dec 8, 2018 11:43.
  • TG-5
  • f/6.3
  • 1/160s
  • ISO200
  • 15.41mm