Common name : Monkfish, Goosefish

Scientific name : Lophiiformes

Family : Lophiidae

Native to : All oceans of the world

Interesting fact : The male does not attain sexual maturity unless it attaches to the female,                                    leading a parasitic life thereafter.

Conservation status : Not Evaluated

Living in the deep, dark ocean floor is the angry ooking anglerfish with a huge head and a mouth that is lined with sharp teeth. Its unique light-emitting dangler on the head lures prey and attracts the tiny males who live life like parasites, attached to the females. They spawn between May and August. Average lifespan is about 20 years.

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