lanternfish


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lan·tern·fish

 (lăn′tərn-fĭsh′)
n. pl. lanternfish or lan·tern·fish·es
Any of numerous small deep-sea fishes of the family Myctophidae that have bioluminescent light organs on the head and sides and that often swim to the surface at night.

lan•tern•fish

(ˈlæn tərnˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any small, deep-sea fish of the family Myctophidae, having rows of luminous organs along each side.
[1745–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lanternfish - small fish having rows of luminous organs along each sidelanternfish - small fish having rows of luminous organs along each side; some surface at night
malacopterygian, soft-finned fish - any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
family Myctophidae, Myctophidae - deep-sea fishes comprising the lantern fishes
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We were able to film these great squadrons of Humboldt squid that feed on lanternfish and we've got footage of them hunting in packs and then turning on themselves.
Symbolophorus reversus: a new species of lanternfish from the eastern Pacific (Myctophiformes: Myctophidae).
12: coelacanth, lanternfish, mantis, elephant, panther, agwantibo (a potto), tarantula, cantil (a snake), fantail, giant, tyrant, pheasant) My researches found some thirty but I've spared you the full treatment.
Otolith size-fish size relations in the jewel lanternfish Lampanyctus crocodilus (Actinopterygii: Myctophiformes: Myctophidae) from deepwater environment of the southern Aegean Sea.
Inside the gallery workshops you can even become your own machinist - pulling levers and cranking handles to work sea creatures like deep-sea lanternfish, giant crab, pirate fish and squid.
No matter if the environment is dry, wet, washdown, and even submerged; the Lanternfish is specifically designed to handle adverse conditions.
Mesopelagic lanternfish have lights on their bellies in an attempt to match the surface glow so that they do not form a black, easily observed silhouette against a starlit surface.
As a result, the prevalence of species that depend on sea ice, such as Adelie penguins, Antarctic silverfish and krill, has decreased in the Peninsula's northern region, and new species that typically avoid ice, such as Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, and lanternfish are moving into the habitat.
In Davis Strait, just to the southeast, Orr and Parsons (1982) found that the gulls took several lanternfish (Myctophidae) species in April-May, but not arctic cod.
2d) reported, but did not describe otoliths of the lanternfish Lampanyctus in a review of fossil Myctophidae of North America.
LANTERNFISH There are more than 230 species of lanternfish, most of which are less than an inch long and form schools of thousands.