Dermatias platynogaster (Smith & Radcliffe, 1912). Female anglerfish have a natural “fishing pole”—the long first spine of the dorsal fin is tipped with a bulb that may hold luminescent bacteria that attract prey. This anglerfish has a soft, fleshy body and, like many other deep-sea fish, spends its entire life in the water column, never touching bottom. Size of specimen: 15 centimeters (6 inches)
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