Black Dragonfish

A Black Dragonfish is a very long, very thin fish that lives in deep water and will go as low in the water as about 2 thousand feet.

They are at home in the depths of the ocean and will spend their entire lives there, without surfacing much closer than a thousand feet below the surface.

Dragonfish are what is known as sexually dimorphic.

Black Dragonfish
Black Dragonfish

This means that the female will be much larger in size than the male will be and that the female is the more voracious of the two.

The female has very tiny eyes and extremely long fangs which are used for catching their prey. They will feed primarily on other fishes and may bait them in by the use of lights which they have all over their bodies.

The Black Dragonfish has a very unique ability. Like a lot of fish who live in the deep ocean or sea, it can make its own headlight.

The fish has what are called photophores scattered all along its body, and has two rows of much larger lights down its sides to help it light its way to where its going.

The male is much smaller, in fact about one tenth the size of the female. It has no teeth, no long chin barbell and has a non working gut.

Instead of being black, it is very dark brown to dull brown in color. The chin barbel of the female has a very thin luminous light up tip. This is most likely part of the bait that is used to attract prey.

Black Dragonfish
Black Dragonfish

Larval Black Dragonfish are the most unusual type of all.. They are long, thin fishes who are nearly transparent and they have their eyes at the ends of very long stalks of flesh that are nearly half the length of their bodies.

  • Heidi and Savannah

    I have to say this is a very strange looking creature. we have to research it for a science class project. And i, meaning savannah, am never going to go in the ocean EVER again!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well got ot go research some more. have fun learning about this icky sticky wierd looking thing that is called a fish. by the way i dont think it even looks like a dragon. ahahaha

  • Billy Bob

    Hi im bob,
    i like this fish for your information its cool. Dont diss the black dragon fish. It will eat you, hahaha. Im so funny. Im doing the same project too. cool fish huh. Its very intresting

  • Kody q

    im doin a project in science class and i chose the black dragonfish. Would u ever want 2 meet 1 of those in real life? it’d freak me out to see that freaky thing swimming 2 me with its mouth wide open!!

  • kirree

    well it looked a bit strange but i got a a1 on my r.e home work

  • jake G.

    how ironic, looks like I’m not the only one who has to do a science project on this

  • kooljake120

    I have a science project on this too. Wierd.

  • graham12

    Apparently this is a popular fish to do a project on.

    And it wouldn’t be that scary its only 15cm long

  • Karin Aki Konan

    It’s a weird and strange creature maybe even scary and ulgy to people, not me Its beautiful,special,unique,valueable!! I wish I had a pet black dragonfish,so don’t critize animals or creatures just because the are different or not cute or adorable physical appeal!! Its not the looks that always counts it the way it lives and part it plays in life!!If you critize animals or creatures your animal-rascist!!

  • Desaree S

    im doing it for a project as well

  • Thelittlecreek

    I’m in Grade 5, and I have to do it as a science project as well. We have to write a report of any sea creature we like…and make our very own 3D model of it! It’s going to be super hard. Any ideas, ladies and gentlemen?

  • Drake

    What are you an animal right activist god put animals on this earth for a reson so we can eat them

  • Drake

    What are you an animal right activist god put animals on this earth for a reson so we can eat them

  • Anonymous

    its a awesome animal and i choose it for my project! At work or not?

  • Anonymous

    same i chose this one as well and i would like to get information so plz reply to tell me about black dragonfish plzzzzzzz ok?

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    If the male has a non-working gut, does that mean it can’t eat?

  • You Don’t Say?

    This is a scary fish, although it is scary, it’s usually down deep were there is the angler-fish/foot-ball fish and other scary-looking fish, it’s completely dark down there and very cold, I am an egghead for a 5th grader… >:3

  • Anonymous

    Not just to eat. But to take care of them. We are the care takers of this planet. Not just to plunder it. If we take we must give back. If we cut 10 trees down, plant one. And so on.. Raise your consciousness Drake.

  • kalo

    I want that as a pet.

  • Maeve

    I am doing a project also, and I’m trying to see what it eats and what eats it…



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