Never before photographed, possibly undescribed species...
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Posted 16 December 2004 - 12:09 PM
Back to Meister's bizarre mirapinnid fish..... Alex, you were dead on with your reference to siphonophores. According to Rick Feeney, one of our fish guys, a number of juvenile fish have long trailing appendages with pigmented or bioluminescent organs that mimic siphonophores. They use them for disguise and/or to attract small crustaceans for food. As the fish grow they drop or re-absorb the appendages. Apparently the mirapinnids keep their appendages if undisturbed but they usually break off during collection.
Posted 27 December 2004 - 09:28 PM
That first fish is awsome, very very interesting amazing the likeness it has with my mother in law :shock: