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Sloane’s Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani) from the Gulf of Mexico. Sloane’s Viperfish, Chauliodus sloani, is a deep water, mesopelagic predator.  It has photophores on its face and body that produce light, bioluminescence.  It also has photophores on its mouth.  This species is known to migrate to shallower waters at night.  This individual was captured in a trawl at 1000 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010. Chauliodontidae,Chauliodus sloani,Deep Sea,Gulf of Mexico,Life in the dark,Sloanes viperfish,Sloane’s viperfish,bathypelagic,bioluminescence,bioluminescent,marine life,mesopelagic,nekton,pelagos,photophores,stomioidei Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Sloane’s Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani) from the Gulf of Mexico.

Sloane’s Viperfish, Chauliodus sloani, is a deep water, mesopelagic predator. It has photophores on its face and body that produce light, bioluminescence. It also has photophores on its mouth. This species is known to migrate to shallower waters at night. This individual was captured in a trawl at 1000 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010.

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    PHOTOPHORES
    Sloane’s Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani) is a deep water predator that lives 1000-2000 meters below sea level! Like many other deep sea fish, it has photophores (light-producing cells) on its face and body that are used for bioluminescence. The light produced by these cells attracts prey. Photophores also provide camouflage by counter-illumination, in which they produce light that matches the background in brightness and wavelength! An incredible feature! {Spotted in the Gulf of Mexico by Anotheca} #Photophores #Chauliodussloani #SloanesViperfish

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Sloane’s viperfish, Chauliodus sloani, is a predatory, mesopelagic dragonfish found in deep-pelagic waters across the world. Its size can range from 22 mm to 220 mm, and it is an iridescent silver-blue color. It has two rows of photophores, one on each side of the ventral part of its body.

Similar species: Dragonfishes And Allies
Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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Uploaded Apr 30, 2018. Captured Jun 1, 2008 16:27.
  • DSLR-A100
  • f/20.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm