- Not to be confused with Lophiiformes AnglerfishAnglerfishAnglerfishes are members of the teleost order Lophiiformes . They are bony fishes named for their characteristic mode of predation, wherein a fleshy growth from the fish's head acts as a lure; this is considered analogous to angling.Some anglerfishes are pelagic , while others are benthic...
(some of which have bioluminescent "lanterns" which grow from their foreheads).
Cooper Lanternfishes (or myctophids, from the Greek
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mykter, "nose" and ophis, "serpent") are small mesopelagic fish of the large family
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Myctophidae. One of two families in the order
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Myctophiformes is an order of ray-finned fish consisting of two families of deep-sea marine fish, most notably the highly abundant lanternfishes...
, the Myctophidae are represented by 246 species
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in 33 genera
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, and are found in oceans worldwide.