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Northern stoplight loosejaw, Malacosteus niger. Is a predatory deep-sea species that normally lives in near darkness at depths of 915 to 1,830 m. Note the red and green bioluminescent organs beneath eye. Give off far-red light, which is invisible to nearly all other life in the ocean depths. These organs give the fish an advantage over its competitors, since the far-red light they emit enables the fish to illuminate potential prey and to communicate with others of its own species without betraying its presence. Azores

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Wild animal / Fish (animal) / Osteichthyes / Actinopterygii / Barbeled Dragonfish (Stomiidae sp) / Northern stoplight loosejaw (Malacosteus niger)

Species / Species particularity / Fishes particularity / Saltwater fish / Abyssal fish

Enumeration / Alone

Shot / Profile shot

Shot / Underwater shot

Europe / European Union / Portugal / Azores archipelago

Area / Marine area / Sea bottom / Abyss

Behavior / Bioluminescence

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Low Risk (IUCN) LR / Least Concern (IUCN) LC

World sea and ocean / Atlantic Ocean / North Atlantic Ocean

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