VIDEOS: Frogfish Mating is CRAZY and AMAZING!

28 Apr, 2022

A smaller male Striated Frogfish, Antennarius striatus, pushes and prods a larger female as she swells with thousands of hydrating eggs prior to spawning.

In light of Frank Baensch’s recent larviculture success in being the first to rear eggs of the pelagic spawning Commerson’s Frogfish, we found several videos featuring the mating rituals of two frogfish species and show what had to happen on the reefs off Oahu just a short time prior to Baensch collecting that fateful egg raft.

The courtship and mating of pelagic-spawning frogfishes & anglerfishes is an incredible sight. The female rapidly swells with eggs to the point where she appears ready to burst. The act culminates in what some have described as a tornado of eggs and sperm, with a massive egg-raft or veil (as it is sometimes called) being expelled by the female in a matter of seconds. If you’ve never seen it before, you’re going to be impressed and perplexed.

Along Florida’s Atlantic Coast – Striated Frogfish

Witness the courtship and spawning of the Striated Frogfish, Antennarius striatus, and watch as a massive egg ribbon is released into the ocean current. Anna DeLoach narrates the rare event that was filmed during a night dive at the famous Blue Heron Bridge, which connects West Palm Beach with Singer Island on Florida’s east coast.

Watch This Amazing Spawning Event

Bonus! Another Video of Striated Frogfish Spawning at Blue Heron Bridge

In Bonaire – The Longlure Frogfish

A bit further south, videographer Ellen Muller, Ellen Bonaire on YouTube, has shared two night-dive videos from the reefs of Bonaire that beautifully capture the courtship and mating of the Longlure Frogfish, Antennarius multiocellatus. In one instance, two males join and spawn with the female, as if to compete over who can fertilizer more of the raft!

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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