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Angler Fish ( lophias piscatorius) Records

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ANGLER FISH / LOPHIAS PISCATORIUS
6 12 14.71 32.7 Dartmouth England 091080 L. Saunders
8 16 13.00 28.11 St. Quay Portrieux France 160685 J. Rainjard
10 20 26.76 59.0 Plymouth England 111178 J. Clarke
15 30 25.65 56.9 Frofjorden Norway 010891 C. Scmidt-Luchs
*AT AT 42.98 94.12 Belfast Lough N. Ireland 85 S. Neill
*SH SH 30.90 68.2 Canvey Island England     67 H. Legerton

There are over 200 species of angler fish( lophias piscatorius)

, which are named for their method of 'fishing' for their food. A spine of the dorsal fin acts as a 'fishing rod', tipped with a fleshy 'bait' which is often luminous. Other fishes are attracted to this lure and get eaten. Most anglerfishes live near the sea bottom. There are four kinds: batfish, goosefish, frogfish, and deep-sea angler.

Deep-sea angler fish may be up to 1.2 m (4 feet) long, but most are much smaller. They are found mostly in the deepest parts of the Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans. Only the females have a 'fishing rod', which may be short or long, and there are a wide variety of 'bait' shapes among the diffeent species ... but most are luminous. With very large mouths, the deep-sea anglers can swallow prey larger than themselves.

 
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