The Striated Angler Fish, also known as the Striped Anglerfish, is a member of the Antennariidae family. With a body of striped brown and tan, several projections give it more of an ornate rock-like appearance than that of a fish. These fish will alter its color to blend into its background, as can be seen in the above photo.
A good reef dweller, the Striated Angler Fish enjoys perching on coral ledges and requires a tank of at least 20 gallons.
The Striated Angler Fish feeds by ambush, lying in wait for an unsuspecting fish or crustacean to go by and then lunging forward, grabbing and swallowing the victim whole. The Striated Angler Fish has been known to devour fish nearly equal to its own size.
When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. A diet of feeder fish and shrimp should be provided. Do not overfeed as the Striated Angler Fish may stop feeding.
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