Angler Fish

Angler Fish (Lophius):

Angler Fish (Lophius)

Angler Fish (Lophius)

On the bottom of Atlantic coasts of N. America and Europe, lives a wonderful fish called angler fish. They have an ugly dorso-ventrally compressed body. Mouth is a wide gape covered with pigmented skin fold for camouflage. First ray or spine on head with a fleshy bait at tip (illicium) to lure prey into mouth. Hence, the name ‘angler’ fish. Small skin flaps fringing the body mimic leaves of aquatic plants.

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