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Oceanic Anglerfishes: Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea

Theodore Pietsch, Enrique Lessa, and Jorge Salazar-Bravo


No environment on Earth imposes greater physical and biological constraints on life than the deep oceanic midwaters. Near-freezing temperatures, the absence of sunlight, enormous pressure, and a low food supply make habitation by any living thing almost inconceivable. Yet 160 species of anglerfishes are found there in surprising profusion. Monstrous in appearance, anglerfishes possess a host of unique and spectacular morphological, behavioral, and physiological innovations. This book delivers a comprehensive summary of all that is known about anglerfishes—morphology, diversity, evolution, geog ... More

Keywords: anglerfishes, anglerfish, deep ocean, morphology, diversity, evolution, geographic distribution, bioluminescence, reproduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255425
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Pietsch, author

Enrique Lessa, editor

Jorge Salazar-Bravo, editor