About Anglerfish

The angry-looking deep sea anglerfish has a right to be cranky. It is quite possibly the ugliest animal on the planet, and it lives in what is easily Earth's most inhospitable habitat: the lonely, lightless bottom of the sea.

Their most distinctive feature, worn only by females, is a piece of dorsal spine that protrudes above their mouths like a fishing pole—hence their name. Tipped with a lure of luminous flesh this built-in rod baits prey close enough to be snatched. Their mouths are so big and their bodies so pliable, they can actually swallow prey up to twice their own size.

Fast Facts 

Status: Least concern

Type: Fish

Diet: Carnivore

Size: 8 in (20 cm) up to 3.3 ft (1 m)

Weight: Up to 110 lbs (50 kg)

Group name: School

Did you know? The anglerfish's lighted lure glows with the help of millions of bioluminescent bacteria.


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