The Devil Incarnate – Endo’s Goosefish

Check out this interesting fish I found recently working on a trawler off the Victorian coast. Looking like the devil himself, Endo’s Goosefish (Lophiodes endoi) is a deepwater member of the anglerfish family of fishes. Growing to 38cm, this species can be found around the South-eastern and western margins of Australia’s continental shelf in waters ranging from 275-500m deep.

Like all anglerfishes, Endo’s Goosefish uses a specially adapted dorsal fin ray as a fishing rod to lure smaller prey near to it’s gruesome mouth. You can guess what happens next. Anglers possess some of the most impressive teeth in the animal kingdom; they ensure that once prey enters their mouths, there is no chance of escape.

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