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An Eastern Frogfish (Batrachomoeus dubius) hides inamongst the rocks in its exhibit at the Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour in New South Wales, Australia.
The Eastern Frogfish lives in very shallow rocky reefs and kelp particularly in silty coastal waters. It is common in Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), where it is often observed sheltering in holes in rocky reefs, in kelp beds and under pieces of rubbish. These fish may also be found down to depths of at least 150 m.
It is an easily recognised fish with its large mouth, tasseled 'beard', raised eyes and large pectoral fins. The three short first dorsal fin spines are reported to be venomous. Adult colour varies from a mottled brown to pale grey to a deep blue-grey. Juveniles are pale with broad dark bands.

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