Red Fingered Anglerfish

Posted by ChrisRoss on Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:14 pm

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Red Fingered Anglerfish Porophryne erythrodactylus

A red Fingered Anglerfish tucked into a sponge on the reef at the steps divesite at the Entrance to Botany Bay Sydney Australia.  These fish are ambush predators and near impossible to find - when I pointed it out to my dive buddy I received shoulder shrugs.

They are endemic to NSW and found between Sydney and Jervis Bay - it's possible they are more common but finding them is the problem.  Outside of Australia they would be called frogfish.

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Olympus OM-D EM-1MkII + 12-40mm @ 40mm.  Nauticam housing, INON strobes.

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by sayhitoant on Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:52 am
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Fine image of a species that blends in so well into the surrounding. Amazing find!

by ADKShooter on Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:37 am
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It doesn't get much better than this for a camouflage image. I would be curious to see what the Anglerfish looks like in a more environment image where there is more room around the fish in the same overall shot. Wonderful image of an ambush predator.

by Tom Whelan on Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:05 pm
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Excellent image and a great find.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:54 am
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Wonderful shot of an amazing creature. So exotic and exciting to find. Thanks, as always, for sharing your views from another world. :)
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by Darren5907 on Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:21 am
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Beautiful and strange creature. Great shot and thanks for sharing!

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