Three Starred Anglerfish

One of Beebe's Abyssal Fishes of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Scientific name: Bathyceratias trilynchus, given by William Beebe.

Physical description: Oval anglerfish. Length, 6 inches. Black. Three "fishing rod" antennae (illicia) on the head tipped with a pale-yellow light organ. Small eyes.

Significant sighting: Observed only once at 2,470 feet by William Beebe in a bathysphere off Bermuda in the early 1930s.

Distribution: North Atlantic Ocean.

Possible explanation: Unknown species allied to the Angler fishes (Family Ceratiidae).

Source: William Beebe, Half Mile Down (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1934).

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