Giant hatchetfish (Argyropelecus gigas)

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Giant hatchetfish
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The giant hatchetfish has bioluminescent photophores on the underside of its body.
  • This deep-sea fish is found at depths between 400 and 600 metres.
  • Found in both tropical and temperate waters, the giant hatchetfish has been seen in all of the world's oceans except for the North Pacific.
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Giant hatchetfish description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderStomiiformes
FamilySternoptychidae
GenusArgyropelecus (1)

Information on Argyropelecus gigas is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Giant hatchetfish biology

The giant hatchetfish has bioluminescent photophores on the underside of its body, which camouflage it against the small amount of light that reaches the disphotic zone.

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Giant hatchetfish status

The giant hatchetfish is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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Glossary

Disphotic
(zone) the central layer of water within a waterbody which receives a small amount of light, also known as the ‘twilight zone’.
Photophores
Light-producing organs which either secrete a compound that glows or contain colonies of bioluminescent bacteria.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (November, 2016)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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