Bathysaurus ferox

Bathysaurus ferox


The deep sea lizardfish, Bathysaurus ferox was seen at Kamba-1 and the deeper sites Lavani and Zafarani. There are only two known species of Bathysaurus worldwide. Bathysaurus ferox is pigmented, as in this photo, and its congener B. mollis is neotenic and largely unpigmented (typically a ghostly pale white with translucent flesh). B. mollis extends to deeper depths, but both would be possible in this range. B. ferox is known from deep water, most commonly below 2000 m and at temperatures cooler than 4ºC.

Item Type:Image
Title:Bathysaurus ferox
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Date:26 September 2014
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Order Aulopiformes (Grinners, Lizardfishes) > Family Bathysauridae (Lizardfish)
Species:Bathysaurus ferox
Behaviour:sit and wait predator
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Kamba-1
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):1380
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Substratum:soft sediment
Rig:Deep Sea Metro I
Project Partners:BG Group, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 114
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:27 February 2015

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