DEEPEND researchers found three specimens of a new species of anglerfish, Lasiognathus dinema, at depths between 3,200 and 4,900 feet in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The website iflscience.com named the anglerfish as their #1 favorite species discovered in 2015. The video can be viewed here:
Anglerfish all have unique appendages extending from their heads that are used to lure prey. This new species has a particularly funky, fishing pole–like barbel on its noggin that also produces light.
“Finding this new species reinforces the notion that our inventory of life in the vast ocean interior is far from complete,” says study co-author Tracey Sutton, a marine ecologist. “Every research trip is an adventure and another opportunity to learn about our planet and the varied creatures who call it home.