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Humpback Anglerfish Melanocetus johnsonii
2013-10-09 11:29:50

The Humpback Anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii), or common black devil, is a deep-sea anglerfish belonging to the family Melanocetidae, found in tropical to temperate portions of all oceans at depths of up to 6,600 feet. Male humpback angler fish are much smaller in size compared to the females, being no more than 3 centimeters long, whereas the female usually achieves a length of 7 inches...

Bathocyroe fosteri
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Bathocyroe fosteri is a species of lobate ctenophore found in all oceans around the world. It is typically found at intermediate depths and is very abundant near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This deep-sea comb jelly is named for Alvin (DSV-2) pilot Dudley Foster, who is credited with first collecting the specimens. This specimen measures about two inches tall and is bioluminescent. This species,...

Angler Lophius piscatorius
2012-04-02 16:12:16

The Angler, (Lophius piscatorius), also known as the Fishing-frog, Frog-fish, or Sea-devil, is a species of monkfish in the family Lophiidae. It is found in coastal waters of the northeast Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. This species comprises a significant commercial fishery in parts of its range. The Angler has a very large,...

Double anglers
2007-04-19 10:14:45

Double anglers are a family, Diceratiidae, of anglerfish. They are found in deep, lightless waters of the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Oceans. They are easily distinguished from other anglerfish by their possession of a second light-bearing dorsal fin spine immediately behind the illicium (the bioluminescent lure present in other anglerfish). As in other anglerfish, males are very...

Cookiecutter shark
2007-04-18 15:16:24

The Cookiecutter shark, Isistius brasiliensis, also known as the cigar shark or luminous shark, is a small rarely-seen dogfish shark. Anatomy and morphology The Cookiecutter sharks often glow green and grow up to 20 in (50 cm) long. The underside of the shark is bioluminescent, glowing a pale blue-green that matches the background light from the ocean's surface that serves as camouflage...

Pink frogmouth
2007-03-26 13:48:17

The Pink frogmouth, Chaunax pictus, is a sea toad of the family Chaunacidae, found circumglobally on continental shelves and slopes in tropical to temperate waters (except the Caribbean Sea), at depths of between 656.17 and 2165.35 ft (200 and 660 m). Its length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm). The pink frogmouth is moderately elongated compared to most other frogfishes, with a rough scaleless...

Firefly
2005-09-08 12:01:05

Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are nocturnal, luminous beetles of the family Lampyridae. These names come from the fact that some species as adults emit flashes of light to attract mates, using special light-emitting organs in the abdomen. The enzyme luciferase acts on luciferin to stimulate light emission. This reaction is of scientific interest, and genes coding for these substances...

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