Giant frogfish and its egg raft, and other strange reef fishes

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This is a giant frogfish with its floating egg raft, a mass of mucus laden with eggs. The rare photo appears in "Reef Fishes of the East Indies," a huge new book set detailing 2,500 fishes of the area based on more than 60 years of research. The collection also describes 25 newly-described species. See many of them at National Geographic.


  1.  This book is probably almost as interesting and beautiful as Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse, about the strange ways male fish care for their offspring, which your post brought to mind (probably because I’ve read it around 500 times to my kids).

  2. I bet that egg raft impressed the heck out of all the other frog fish that caught a gander of it. Except the jealous ones.

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