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:: Deep-sea Fish - A Selection of the Best
Deep-sea fish give the abyss its special flavour with their dagger-like teeth, glowing lights and bizarre, alien appearance. Photos of the deep-living anglerfish, fangtooth, hagfish, lizardfish and eelpout and many other abyssal fishes appear in the Deep-sea Fish Gallery.

The photos below are a select few from our Deep-sea fish gallery - to view the complete collection please visit the Deep-sea Fish Gallery

Eelpout fish
Hydrothermal vent eelpout fish (Thermarces cerberus)
Eelpout (Thermarces cerberus) on hydrothermal vent mussels (Bathymodiolus) these deep-sea fish are specialised to live in hydrothermal vent communities, and prey mainly upon vent crustaceans, such as amphipods and crabs.
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Lizardfish
Deep-sea Lizardfish (Bathysaurus mollis)
The mouth of a large lizardfish; note the harpoon-tipped teeth.
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Orange roughy
Orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus)
The head of an orange roughy, a heavily exploited deep-sea fish, showing the network of sensory canals around the eye.
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Fangtooth
Fangtooth, or ogrefish (Anoplogaster cornuta)
The fangtooth fish (Anoplogaster cornuta) is a ferocious deep-sea predator found in midwater to depths of about five kilometers (three miles). They are relatively muscular and probably chase down their prey.
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Hagfish
Hagfish (Eptatretus cirrhatus)
The hagfish, deep-sea scavenger extroardinaire. Among other things it can tie itself in knots and secretes a bucketload of thick mucus in just a few seconds.
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Eelpout fish
Hydrothermal vent eelpout fish (Thermarces cerberus)
Eelpout (Thermarces cerberus) on hydrothermal vent mussels (Bathymodiolus) these deep-sea fish are specialised to live in hydrothermal vent communities, and prey mainly upon vent crustaceans, such as amphipods and crabs.
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Giant hatchetfish
Giant Hatchetfish (Argyropelecus gigas)
The giant hatchetfish is the largest member of its family, and has tubular upward facing eyes. It uses downward-facing light organs to disguise its silhouette from below.
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View the complete collection in our Deep-sea Fish Gallery


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