Plainfin Frogfish, Porichthys notatus Girard 1854

Other Names: Plainfin Midshipman

A Plainfin Midshipman, Porichthys notatus, in the Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, US. Source: Ron DeCloux / [email protected] License: All rights reserved

Video of a Plainfin Frogfish (aka Plainfin Midshipman) at the large Elkhorn Slough wetlands on the central coast of California, USA. Although adults usually live at depths of about 400m, in the breeding season during spring and early summer in California, they migrate to shallow intertidal locations. Males attract females to their "nests" by making a humming sound. 

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Dianne J. Bray, Porichthys notatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 09 Dec 2022,

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