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The Longhead Dreamer has a rounded body with a distinct illicium projecting from the snout. It is classified in the family Oneirodidae and can be distinguished from other anglerfish families by a combination of characters that include the placement of the illicium, the smooth snout and chin that lacks a barbel and the dorsal and anal fins with 4 to 8 rays.
Originally posted by trika3000
Originally posted by Phage
Ah yes. The chiasmodon niger. Also known as...black swallower.
Duh - Warning do NOT google image search, "black swallower" with safe search off
Males (1.8 cm) attach themselves to the females (28 cm) through specialised tooth-bearing denticles but are not parasitic.
Males with 17-22 upper and 23-27 lower denticles
Small teeth-like structures, like denticle scales.
The specimen in the picture was 1 of 38 fish species found in the waters around greenland in a study led by biologist Peter Møller of the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. What evidence do have that the picture is not a longhead dreamer? 'apart from your poor understanding of what denticles are' and your inability to imagine a delicate appendage may be torn off by a fishing net.
I also said that I think this image has been misidentified. I don't think it's Chaenophryne longiceps for the same reasons stated above.
Originally posted by Atzil321
This ‘Longhead dreamer’ angler fish looks very similar also, if you imagine it led on its side on the deck of a boat. www.thedailystar.net...These types of angler fish are also found in waters off nova scotia, whereas Black swallowers are found in tropical waters.edit on 21-9-2011 by Atzil321 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by PeterGriffin
Well the specimen in the picture is not laid out all nice and neat like the one in the drawing but yes I did compare them. I also compared it to this drawing:
And this image
It's a black swallower.
edit on 9/21/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Tybrus
I know absolutely nothing about this photo other than where is was apparently taken. This is by far one of the strangest fish Ive ever seen. Way more creepy than that Russian Alien Fish.
Originally posted by Mimir
Why would you get afraid of this one?....
If this is a hatchling maybe it's mother is pretty mean....
I would like to have this guy in my aquarium.
Originally posted by Frank Dinkle
hmm im thinking Cyclopterus lumpus or lumpfish.
They are found in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific oceans. The greatest number of species are found in the North Pacific.