Permalink: https://photo.greenpeace.org/archive/Deep-sea-creatures---Lanternfish-27MDHUHOQUW8.htmlConceptually similarDeep sea creatures - Whipnose anglerGP1SWPS4Completed★★★★Illustration of Orange RoughyGP02U5ICompleted★★★★Deep sea creatures - Triplewart Sea DevilGP1SWPRICompleted★★★★BlobfishGP09KYCompleted★★Jack fish - Azores Deep Sea LifeGP0DB3Completed★★★★Jack fish - Azores Deep Sea LifeGP016X6Completed★★★★Jack fish - Azores Deep Sea LifeGP015Z4Completed★★★★Jack fish - Azores Deep Sea LifeGP01143Completed★★★★Swiftia Pacifica CoralGP01KHWCompleted★★★★★★View AllGP1SWPRHDeep sea creatures - LanternfishImage of a captive Lepidophanes guentheri, a species of the large group of lanternfish (or myctophid, family Myctophidae, 246 species, mykter = Greek for ‘nose’ and ophis for ‘serpent‘) shows a pattern of paired light-producing cells (photophores) located along the ventral sides and at the head. They serve to mask the fish by counterillumination and are used in intraspecific communication (shoaling, courtship). This rather small deep sea fish species (adult approx. 8 cm) performs diurnal vertical migrations: during daylight hours it can be found at depths of > 400m, at night it ascends to < 100 m. Its habitat is therefore the mesopelagic (or twilight) zone. The widely distributed and numerous species of the family of lanternfish account for a great part of the overall biomass of deep sea fish: about 65%. As such they play an important ecological role as prey species for all kinds of larger marine vertebrates (fish, sea birds, marine mammals).Locations:Atlantic OceanDate:21 Nov, 2007Credit:© Solvin Zankl / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5400px X 3587pxRestrictions:GREENPEACE USE ONLY. NO SALES. THIRD PARTIES OUT. CREDIT MANDATORY.Keywords:Animals-Deep sea mining-Fish-KWCI (GPI)-Nature-Oceans (topography)-Outdoors-Snails-Underwater shotsShoot:Deep sea creatures (Photos by Solvin Zankl)Various images of deep sea creatures.