Thursday, August 6, 2015

Florida researcher helps discover new bizarre species of angler fish

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 5:07 PM

  • Photo by Theodore Pietsch

Coming straight out of your nightmares, a Nova Southeastern University researcher and professor found a new species of angler fish with a face only a fish mother could love. 

Dr. Tracey Sutton found the unknown species, now Lasiognathus Regan, more than 3,000 feet below while studying the effects an oil spill had on deep-sea life in the Gulf of Mexico, an NSU press release says. Sutton worked with Dr. Theodore Pietsch from the University of Washington to formally describe the anglerfish. 

There's little sunlight where this fish lives, and it survives by attracting prey with the fleshy appendage growing from its head that acts as a lure. It's also pretty small, ranging from 30 to 95 millimeters in length, or about one to almost four inches. 

“Finding this new species reinforces the notion that our inventory of life in the vast ocean interior is far from complete,” Sutton said in the press release. “Every research trip is an adventure and another opportunity to learn about our planet and the varied creatures who call it home.”

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