Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Lophiiformes > Antennariidae > Histrio > Histrio histrio

Histrio histrio (Sargassumfish; Sargassum frogfish; Sargassum fish; Sargassum anglerfish; Mouse fish; Marbled angler; Frogfish)

Synonyms: Antenarius mesogallicus; Antennarius barbatulus; Antennarius gibbus; Antennarius histrio; Antennarius inops; Antennarius laevigatus; Antennarius lioderma; Antennarius nesogallicus; Antennarius nitidus; Antennarius raninus; Cheironectes laevigatus; Cheironectes pictus vittatus; Cheironectes raninus; Chironectes arcticus; Chironectes barbatulatus; Chironectes barbatulus; Chironectes gibbus; Chironectes histrio; Chironectes laevigatus; Chironectes nesogallicus; Chironectes pictus; Chironectes sonntagii; Chironectes sontagii; Chironectes variegatus; Historio gibbus; Histrio gibbus; Histrio jagua; Histrio pictus; Histrio raninus; Lophius calico; Lophius cocinsinensis; Lophius geographicus; Lophius gibba; Lophius gibbus; Lophius histrio; Lophius histrio marmoratus; Lophius laevigatus; Lophius laevis; Lophius raninus; Lophius tumidus; Peterophryne gibbo; Pterophryne gibba; Pterophryne historio; Pterophryne histrio; Pterophryne laevigata; Pterophryne laevigatus; Pterophryne picta; Pterophryne ranina; Pterophryne variegatus; Pterophrynoides gibbus; Pterophrynoides histrio
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Wikipedia Abstract

The sargassum fish, anglerfish, or frog fish, Histrio histrio, is a frogfish of the family Antennariidae, the only species in its genus. It lives among Sargassum seaweed which floats in subtropical oceans. The scientific name comes from the Latin histrio meaning a stage-player or actor, and refers to the fish's feeding behaviour.
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Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Tsitsikamma National Park II 34343 Southern Cape, South Africa  

Prey / Diet

Histrio histrio (Sargassumfish)[2]
Latreutes fucorum (slender sargassum shrimp)[3]
Leander tenuicornis (brown grass shrimp)[3]
Stephanolepis hispidus (Triggerfish)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Balistes capriscus (Grey triggerfish)1
Caranx crysos (Yellow tail cavalli)1
Cheilopogon melanurus (Flyingfish)1
Phalaropus fulicarius (Red Phalarope)1
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Atlantic sharp-nosed shark)1
Seriola rivoliana (Pacific amberjack)2
Stephanolepis hispidus (Triggerfish)1


Histrio histrio (Sargassumfish)[2]
Onychoprion fuscatus (Sooty Tern)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
Ouwehand Zoo
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr
Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt


Agulhas Current; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Australia; Azores Islands; Bahamas; Benguela Current; Benin; Bermuda; Brazil; Canada; Canary Current; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Chagos Islands; China; Coral Sea and GBR; Cuba; Curaçao Island; East Brazil Shelf; East Central Australian Shelf; French Guiana; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Guinea Current; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Hawaii (USA); Hong Kong; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indian Ocean: tip of South Africa eastward to Indian and Sri Lanka, including the Red Sea, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius. Western Pacific: Hokkaido to tropical Australia (as far south as Perth in the west and Sydney in the east), including Taiwan, ; Indian Ocean: tip of South Africa eastward to Indian and Sri Lanka, including the Red Sea, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius. Western Pacific: Hokkaido to tropical Australia (as far south as Perth in the west and Sydney in the east), including Taiwan, Philippines, Moluccas, southern Papua New Guinea, Guam, Tonga, New Caledonia and New Zealand; Mariana Islands in Micronesia (Ref. 1602). Occurrence in the eastern Pacific remains problematic. Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Western Atlantic: Gulf of Maine to the mouth of the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay. Eastern Atlantic: Azores and off West Africa; record from Vardø, northern Norway (Düben & Koren 1846) is based on a straggler taken northward by the North Atlantic and Norwegian currents.; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Jamaica; Japan; Kenya; Kimbe Bay; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; Lingayen Gulf; Madagascar; Madeira Islands; Malaysia; Maldives; Martinique; Mauritius; Mexico; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Namibia; New Caledonia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; North Australian Shelf; North Brazil Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Ogasawara Islands; Oman; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Peng-hu Island; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Red Sea; Réunion; Samar Sea; Sargasso Sea; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Shiliao River; Somali Coastal Current; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; South China Sea; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Southwest Australian Shelf; Sri Lanka; Suriname; Taiwan; Tasman Sea; Tonga; Tsengwen River; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Uruguay; Viet Nam; West Central Australian Shelf; Yellow Sea;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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