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The scaleless black dragonfish (Melanostomias melanops) is a slender, up to 30 cm long deep sea fish. It features a fleshy bioluminescence process at its chin, used to lure prey within reach of the heavily toothed mouth. Light emitting organs are arranged alongside the lower part of its body and below the eye. It can be found in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Ocean. Preserved specimen. Picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg. | Bartel-Drachenfisch (Melanostomias melanops) Das Bild entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zoologischen Museum Hamburg (ZMH); ZMH 105871 (ISH 613-1968), 30.01.1968; 23°8'W, 12°7'N; Trawl survey; Walther Herwig; 12-II/68; CMBT 1600; 2000m; det. Dr. Gibbs

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The scaleless black dragonfish (Melanostomias melanops) is a slender, up to 30 cm long deep sea fish. It features a fleshy bioluminescence process at its chin, used to lure prey within reach of the heavily toothed mouth. Light emitting organs are arranged alongside the lower part of its body and below the eye. It can be found in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Ocean. Preserved specimen. Picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg. | Bartel-Drachenfisch (Melanostomias melanops) Das Bild entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zoologischen Museum Hamburg (ZMH); ZMH 105871 (ISH 613-1968), 30.01.1968; 23°8'W, 12°7'N; Trawl survey; Walther Herwig; 12-II/68; CMBT 1600; 2000m; det. Dr. Gibbs