Deep Sea Hatchetfish

Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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Caption: Sternoptyx pseudobscura, 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, bathypelagic, bioluminescence, bioluminescent, captive, captivity, counterillumination, deep sea, deep sea fish, deepsea, fauna, fish, hatchet fish, hatchetfish, marine, mesopelagic, nature, nekton, pelagos, photophores, sternoptychidae, sternoptyx, sternoptyx pseudobscura, underwater

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