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n. pl. anglerfish or an·gler·fish·es
Any of various marine fishes of the order Lophiiformes, having a long dorsal fin ray that is suspended over the mouth and serves as a lure to attract prey.


(ˈæŋ glər)

1. a person who fishes with a hook and line.
2. a person who tries to get something through scheming.
3. any of various large-mouthed marine fishes of the family Lophiidae, having a wormlike lure dangling from the head for attracting prey.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anglerfish - fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring preyanglerfish - fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey
family Lophiidae, Lophiidae - large-headed marine fishes comprising the anglers
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
monkfish - flesh of a large-headed anglerfish of the Atlantic waters of North America


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Hanke and Roias (2012), Hanke and others (2014, 2015) and Weil and others (2015) updated British Columbia range records for spiny eels (Notacanthidae), eels (Nemichthyidae, Synaphobranchiidae, Nettastomatidae, Serrivomeridae, Colocongridae), saccopharyngoid eels (Cyematidae), cusk-eels and brotulas (Ophidiidae, Bythitidae) and deep-sea anglerfishes (Oneirodidae, Melanocetidae, Ceratiidae).
Lophius, a genus commonly known as anglerfishes or monkfishes, includes 7 species broadly distributed and exploited worldwide.
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The ceratioid anglerfishes of the family Himantolophidae are most frequently caught at depths of 200-800 m (Bertelsen and Krefft 1988), mainly in tropical and subtropical waters.