Footballfish

Footballfish

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The footballfish are a family, Himantolophidae, of globose, deep-sea anglerfishes found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Ocean. The family contains c. 19 species all in a single genus, Himantolophus (from the Greek imantos, "thong, strap," and lophos, "crest").As in other deep-sea anglerfish families, sexual dimorphism is extreme: the largest females may exceed lengths of 60 cm (two feet) and are globose in shape, whereas males do not exceed 4 cm (1.5 inches) as adults and are comparatively fusiform. Their flesh is gelatinous, but thickens in the larger females, which also possess a covering of "bucklers" - round, bony plates each with a median spine - that are absent in males. Both are a reddish brown to black in life.show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • Frac Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136643677
  • 9786136643670