It looks utterly furious and will probably consume your soul as you stand there, using nothing but its beady glare before eating the rest of you. She's a female, of course. All those stringy things about her aren't the fish equivalent of Medusa'a writhing snakes, they're sensory filaments to feel her surroundings as she quietly sneers into the darkness. Her fins also end in more of these filaments and it all looks very scary indeed.
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The Deep Sea Anglerfish Melanocetus johnsoni The deep sea anglerfish is one of the most bizarre-looking fish in the sea. Known scientifically as Melanocetus johnsoni, it is also one of the best-known creatures of the deep. It is one of about species of anglerfish found throughout the world's oceans. The angler gets its name from the elongated dorsal spine that supports a light-producing organ known as a photophore.
Thirteen years ago the Natural History Museum in London acquired a remarkable fish specimen recently collected off the Cape Verde islands in the tropical Atlantic. It was a hairy angler, a very rare and extremely ugly species, but what most impressed ichthyologists was its hugely distended stomach. Feeling around the belly of the fish, which was preserved in alcohol, they could tell that it had swallowed a meal considerably larger than itself, shortly before its capture.
Melanocetus johnsonii All anglerfish are carnivorous and are thus adapted for the capture of prey. Ranging in color from dark gray to dark brown, deep-sea species have large heads that bear enormous, crescent-shaped mouths full of long, fang-like teeth angled inward for efficient prey grabbing. The organ has been hypothesized to serve the obvious purpose of luring prey in dark, deep-sea environments, but also serves to call males' attention to the females to facilitate mating. The source of luminescence is symbiotic bacteria that dwell in and around the esca, enclosed in a cup-shaped reflector containing crystals, probably consisting of guanine.