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New Gulf of Mexico Anglerfish Discovered

posted: 08/06/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Lasiognathus regan
Theodore Pietsch, Ph.D., University of Washington

Yet another species of deep-sea anglerfish dwells in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers have discovered.

Lasiognathus regan lives at depths of up to 1,500 meters, where no sunlight can reach. The anglerfish's unique bioluminescent appendage is the only source of light, attracting curious fish that have no idea that they're about to become the anglerfish's next meal.

Researchers recovered three female specimens of the new anglerfish, which will be housed in the Ichthyology Collection at the University of Washington. The collection of deep-sea anglerfish is the world's biggest.

"As a researcher, the one thing I know is that there's so much more we can learn about our oceans," said Tracey Sutton, who penned a study describing the fish. "Every time we go out on a deep-sea research excursion there's a good chance we'll see something we've never seen before -- the life at these depths is really amazing."

Sutton's research will be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Copeia.

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