Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Angler Fish


The Angler Fish

So my initial intentions of doing the angler fish were primarily to use this picture and post a very funny video on them as well, but after some research I realized they actually have not one, but wait for it.. TWO examples of symbiosis! First being their lure located on the top of their heads and the second being the male and females angler fishes relationship. The lure is completely mobile and can be waved all around to attract pray as well as the male anglerfish. The light is actually produced by bacteria, unlike other sea animals like the crystal jellies that produce their own light. Their relationship with the bacteria is a perfect example of symbiosis, the bacteria enter the lure through pores and can gain nutrients and have shelter from their host and the female anglerfish benefits from the light produced. The example of the female and male angler fish is described very thoroughly in the video posted, but basically the male angler fish attaches itself to the female and becomes nothing but a pair of gonads that is solely there to release sperm to reproduce. Enjoy the video and the lovely, lovely angler fish.

-Kyle Lieberman

2 comments:

  1. how did you think this started? especially in such a deep sea environment, if you've never seen light, and as the way most species see it -light is warning, but it is also mating, and a food lour - so what is the difference?

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  2. super funny video - but in all seriousness - how do you think this came about?

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