Freakiest and Weirdest Aquarium Fish

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This is a sequel to my article entitled “Unique Aquatic Creatures: Rare but Attractive Aquarium Pets“.

If you are looking for the most unusual and peculiar fish that can still be considered attractive for your

tanks here they are. They may look bizarre but they can still be considered beautiful in their own right.

Pick your choice.

Striated Frogfish (Antennarius striatus)

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The Striated Frogfish is one of the weirdest-looking creatures on earth but still many are seeking for

it as an aquarium pet. Though it has a very uncommon appearance it is commonly found in all subtropical

oceans, to depths of between 10 and 210 m. Its length is up to 25 cm.

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Twospot Turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)

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The Twospot Turkeyfish as the name implies has some resemblance to a turkey. It is also commonly

known as Twinspot Lionfish or Fu Manchu Lionfish.

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This peculiar marine fish is also known as Dwarf Lionfish, a species of lionfish. It is also popular aquarium fish.

Psychedelic Frogfish (Histiophryne psychedelica)

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The Psychedelic Frogfish is named for its psychedelic pink and white stripes arranged in a fingerprint

pattern. The fish is from the waters near Ambon Island and Bali, Indonesia. This new and unusual frogfish

prefers to hop rather than swim. It has been found in coral rubble, where it may be camouflaged from

predators. The fish have so far been found in locations where the water is 5 m to 7 m (16 ft 5 in to 23 ft)

deep, about 20 m (65 ft 7 in) away from the shoreline.

Sargassumfish (Histrio histrio)

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The unique-looking Sargassumfish is scientifically named Histrio histrio which literally mean “the actor”.

It lives among sargassum weed (hence the name) which floats in subtropical oceans. This species could

grow to a length of up to 20 cm.

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Butler’s Frogfish (Tathicarpus butleri)

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The Butler’s Frogfish is one of the freakiest animals in the world in terms of physical appearance. Like the

Striated Frogfish, its entire body is densely covered with long hair-like objects. It is also called Blackspot

Anglerfish and considered a very rare species. It is found off the southern coast of New Guinea, and along

the coasts of Western Australia. It inhabits inshore tropical waters and coral reefs to a maximum depth of

145 meters (475 ft).

Strap-weed Filefish (Pseudomonacanthus macrurus)

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The Strap-weed Filefish is a moderate-looking fish, not so freak and not so pretty. It reaches a maximum

length of 18 cm. Strap-weed filefish are often found in pairs and inhabit reefs across the Indian Ocean and

Pacific Oceans.

Commerson’s Frogfish (Antennarius commerson)

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Giant Frogfish (Antennarius commersonii)

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These variants of Warty Frogfish or Antennarius maculatus below are also commonly called

Clown Frogfish.

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The picture below of a peculiar and unknown species of frogfish is taken under Seaventures Oil Rig

Platform in Mabul, Borneo.

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Hope you enjoyed this. Thank you!

For more exotic pets see

Unique Aquatic Creatures: Rare but Attractive Aquarium Pets

Pretty Aquatic Pets: 10 Most Beautiful Shrimps

Bizarre and Exotic Pets: Weird and Unique Turtles

Absolutely Freaky and Weird Frogs: Will You Have Them As Pets?

Popular Amphibian Pets: World’s Most Beautiful Frogs

30 Most Colorful and Prettiest Pet Birds in the World

Brightly Colored Snails: Beautiful Aquarium Pets

Fantastic and Unique Breeds of Goldfish


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