Animal of the day – 11/04/2014 – The Black Dragonfish

The animal of the day is the Black Dragonfish. (Did you know: The females are 8 times as long as the males! The ladies measure about 40 cm, the males about 5cm. Huge case of sexual dimorphism!

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Like many deep sea fish, the black dragonfish can produce its own light. However, unlike almost all the other bioluminescent organisms in the ocean, it can glow and perceive a red as well as blue-green light.

Their babies are CRAZY, the eyes of the larvae are carried on long stalks that retreat as the fish reaches maturity and the eyes are nested in sockets.

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