RANDALL'S FROGFISH Antennarius randalli Allen 1970    (photos by Dan Dickey)
   Almost never seen because of its small size and secretive habits, this tiny frogfish comes in the usual assortment of frogfish colors: brownish, blackish, greenish, yellowish, whitish, or beige. It can be identified by a dark spot at the base of the dorsal fin. This specimen was observed in a rubble patch at Makua, O`ahu, at a depth of about 40 ft. in the act of eating a small Twospot Wrasse (Oxycheilinus bimaculatus). When first seen it had only the wrasse's head in its mouth. The two went skittering over the bottom until the frogfish managed to swallow the rest of the wrasse. Note the swollen belly, most evident in the photo below. The wrasse continued to struggle for some time after being engulfed.

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