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The deep sea anglerfishes are predatory, luring their prey with a bioluminescent bulb (an esca) at the end of a long rod (an illicium), which is a modified fin ray. Impressive teeth are used to impale and hold any prey item that moves in to investigate the glowing lure. This is Murray's Abyssal Seadevil, Melanocetus murrayi, also known as the Humpback Anglerfish. This individual was captured in a trawl between 1000 and 1500 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico, 2007. Image courtesy of the DEEPEND project.
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