Deep Sea Hatchetfish

Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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Caption: Argyropelecus hemigymnus, a deep sea hatchetfish, has photophores along the lower side of its body. These produce a dim blue light. A predator looking upward from below might see the fish silhouetted by the dim light from the ocean's surface but the counterillumination conceals the fish. This individual was captured in a trawl between 450 and 600 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico, 2007.

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Keywords: animal, argyropelecus hemigymnus, atlantic silver hatchetfish, bathypelagic, bioluminescence, bioluminescent, captive, captivity, cartoonish, counterillumination, deep sea, deep sea fish, deepsea, eyes, fauna, fish, hatchet fish, hatchetfish, lovely hatchetfish, marine, mesopelagic, nature, necton, pelagos, photophores, sternoptychidae, underwater

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