; subclass Actinopterygii, order Lophiiformes)
A family of balloon-shaped, relatively short-bodied fish, with the naked and loose skin often possessing wart-like processes. The first of the three separate anterior dorsal spines is usually modified into a movable rod, the ‘fishing pole’ often provided with a fleshy lure used to attract prospective prey. The family comprises about 60 species of marine frogfish found in all tropical and subtropical seas. See also Brachionichthyidae.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.