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The deep sea anglerfish is one of the most bizarre-looking fish in the sea. The fish uses an appendage above its head as a lure for prey. It also reproduces by biting
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Scourge of our friend Nemo, the angler fish is so named because of the little bobber in front of its face, a lure it uses to draw in prey to its humungous and horrifying mouth.
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Anglerfish are the members of the order Lophiiformesl. They are bony fish named for their characteristic mode of predation, wherein a fleshy growth from the fish's head (the esca or illicium) acts as a lure; this is considered analogous to angling.

Some anglerfish are pelagic (live in the open water), others are benthic (bottom-dwelling). Some live in the deep sea (e.g. Ceratiidae) and others on the continental shelf (e.g. the frogfishes Antennariidae and the monkfish/goosefish Lophiidae). They occur worldwide. Pelagic forms are most laterally (sideways) compressed whereas the benthic forms are often extremely dorsoventrally compressed (depressed) often with large upward pointing mouths.
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