Questions

What is the diet of an anglerfish? – Carnivore

What is the size of an anglerfish? – 8 in (20 cm) up to 3.3 ft (1 m)

What is the weight of an anglerfish? – Up to 110 lbs (50 kg)

What is the usual color of an anglerfish? – Normally dark in color with a brown or dark shade

What is the most distinctive feature of an anglerfish? – A piece of dorsal spine that protrudes above their mouths like a fishing pole (worn only by females)

Facts

There are more than 200 species of anglerfish, most of which live in the murky depths of the Atlantic and Antarctic oceans, up to a mile below the surface, although some live in shallow, tropical environments.

Their mouths are so big and their bodies so pliable, anglerfish can actually swallow prey up to twice their own size.

When a young, free-swimming male angler encounters a female, he latches onto her with his sharp teeth. Over time, the male physically fuses with the female, connecting to her skin and bloodstream and losing his eyes and all his internal organs except the testes. A female will carry six or more males on her body.

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