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Phantom anglerfish

Phantom anglerfish

The phantom anglerfish (Haplophryne mollis) lacks pigmentation, and the female (shown here with a male attached to her ventral side) is rounded, with spines above the eyes and behind the mouth. The tiny male attaches itself to the female and is parasitic. Several males may attach to one female.

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How to cite this page:

Paddy Ryan, 'Deep-sea creatures - The bathypelagic zone', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5249/phantom-anglerfish (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 12 Jun 2006