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Melanocetus murrayi is a fish that has several English names: black deep-sea angler, Murray’s abyssal anglerfish or deepsea blackdevil . It usually lives at depths between 1000 and 2500 m, but has also been found more than 6000 m below the surface. This anglerfish is distributed in all oceans to latitudes of 65°. The typical feature of anglerfishes is a fleshy process near the mouth with bioluminescence bacteria. This is used as a lure to attract prey in the dark of the deep sea. Despite its monstrous appearance this female fish only grows up to a size of 12 cm. The male reaches a maximum length of 2 cm and lives parasitic, attached to a female.- Preserved specimen. This picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg [size of single organism: 8 cm] | Tiefseeangler (Melanocetus murrayi) Das Bild entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zoologischen Museum Hamburg (ZMH); ZMH 121784 (ISH 149-1983); 12.06.1983; 16°26'W, 46°8'N; Walther Herwig, 59, St. 2 Hol2, MT 1600; 1000 m

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Melanocetus murrayi is a fish that has several English names: black deep-sea angler, Murray’s abyssal anglerfish or deepsea  blackdevil . It usually lives at depths between 1000 and 2500 m, but has also been found more than 6000 m below the surface. This anglerfish is distributed in all oceans to latitudes of 65°. The typical feature of anglerfishes is a fleshy process near the mouth with bioluminescence bacteria. This is used as a lure to attract prey in the dark of the deep sea. Despite its monstrous appearance this female fish only grows up to a size of 12 cm. The male reaches a maximum length of 2 cm and lives parasitic, attached to a female.- Preserved specimen.  This picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg  [size of single organism: 8 cm] | Tiefseeangler (Melanocetus murrayi) Das Bild entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zoologischen Museum Hamburg (ZMH); ZMH 121784 (ISH 149-1983); 12.06.1983; 16°26'W, 46°8'N; Walther Herwig, 59, St. 2 Hol2, MT 1600; 1000 m