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The splendid toadfish has a highly restricted distribution, occurring in Caribbean, around Cozumel Island, situated off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and around a single reef off the coast of Belize. Adults size are about 4-6 Inches..
Unlike any other member of the toadfish family, the splendid toadfish is distinctive for its vibrant colors. It has bright yellow fins which also contain distinctive patterning, while its head contains dark and white stripe
In common with other toadfishes, the head is broad and flattened, and bears a number of barbels and other fleshy projections. The eyes are located on the top of the head and directed upwards, while the jaws are wide, and bear small sharp teeth. Two dorsal fins are found on the mid-line of the upper body: the first is short, with three sharp spines, and the second is long and flowing, and extends over much of the body. The other fins are also distinctive, with two large, rounded pectoral fins located behind the head, in front of which, on the under-surface, two shorter, pointed pelvic fins are positioned. A long, flowing anal fin is located on the rear under-surface, and there is a small rounded caudal fin at the tip of the tail. All the fins have striking, yellow margins, with the exception of the pelvic fins, which are entirely yellow. The head is distinctively patterned with densely packed dark and white stripes.
A tropical marine species, the splendid toadfish is associated with coral reefs, and is found between depths of 25-60 Feet.
The splendid toadfish is a sluggish, bottom-dwelling species, which is usually found in or around small rocky caves below coral colonies. It usually feeds by ambush, remaining still until prey comes within range, before making a quick lunge and engulfing the animal in its large jaws. This species diet mainly consists of small fish, molluscs, crustaceansand polychaete worms.
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