Triplewart Seadevil

Triplewart Seadevil

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Credit: Dante Fenolio/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Female Triplewart Seadevils, Cryptopsaras couesii, are readily identified by the fleshy protuberance they have on their dorsal surface (referred to as a caruncle). The long rod-like structure, or the illicium, extends from the nose of the female. At the end of the illicium is the lure, or the esca. The esca is bioluminescent and accommodates bioluminescent bacteria, which are responsible for the light production. The lure is used to attract potential prey items to within striking distance. This species has been collected as deep as 4000 meters. This specimen was captured at 450 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010.

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Keywords: angler fish, anglerfish, barbell, bathypelagic, bioluminescence, bioluminescent, ceratiidae, cryptopsaras, cryptopsaras couesii, deep sea fish, deep-ocean fish, deep-sea fish, esca, female fish, gulf of mexico, large teeth, lure, mesopelagic, nekton, pelagos, photophore, predator, predatory, rod, sea devil, sea-devil, symbiotic bacteria, triplewart seadevils

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