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.
|Date:||26 September 2014|
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Order Aulopiformes (Grinners, Lizardfishes) > Family Bathysauridae (Lizardfish)|
|Behaviour:||sit and wait predator|
|Site:||Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Kamba-1|
|Countries:||East Africa > Tanzania|
|Rig:||Deep Sea Metro I|
|Project Partners:||BG Group, Oceaneering|
|Deposited By:||Dr Andrew Gates|
|Deposited On:||27 February 2015|
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