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A dragonfish (Astronesthes gemmifer) with a barbel (glowing lure at the tip) trawled from the Gulf of Mexico. Dragonfish have an imposing appearance.  This species, Astronesthes gemmifer, has a considerable set of teeth.  The specimen was roughly two inches in total length.  It was trawled up in the Gulf of Mexico, 2015. This species photographed during the DEEPEND project (www.deependconsortium.org).<br />
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A dragonfish (Astronesthes gemmifer) with a barbel (glowing lure at the tip) trawled from the Gulf of Mexico.

Dragonfish have an imposing appearance. This species, Astronesthes gemmifer, has a considerable set of teeth. The specimen was roughly two inches in total length. It was trawled up in the Gulf of Mexico, 2015. This species photographed during the DEEPEND project (www.deependconsortium.org).

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Astronesthes gemmifer is a snaggletooths (or stareater), a deep-sea stomiid fish in the genus Astronesthes. They possess a bioluminescent red chin barbel that the fish use as a lure to attract small prey into striking distance. The fish have delicate skin, and mouths filled with sharp, needlelike, curved teeth.

Similar species: Dragonfishes And Allies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Apr 30, 2018. Captured Sep 17, 2013 01:43.
  • SLT-A77V
  • f/18.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm