The Featured Creature: Black Dragonfish: From Googly-eyed Spaghetti to Deep-sea Monster
Looking at the drawing above, you’re probably thinking it’s from some Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy… there’s no way that could be an actual creature on Earth… right?
Wrong. This baby (no pun intended) is as real as they come. It’s the larval form of a Black Dragonfish or Ribbon Sawtail Fish (Idiacanthus fasciola), which is found around the world at depths of 500 to 2,000 meters. These fish go through an incredible metamorphosis from larva, postlarva, adolescent, transitional adolescent to adult.
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