dragonfishes

A, schmatic representing the linkages that form the feeding position of dragonfishes and utilization of the occipital-vertebral hinge to create high gape angles. B, head-on view of Malacosteus niger, demonstrating its hypothesized feeding position (sensu Günther & Deckert, 1959). ph, protractor hyoideus.

Schematic representation of variables of the lower-jaw lever system used in model calculations of bite force and jaw-adduction dynamics in four dragonfish species; A, lateral view, B, ventral view. Li, inlever length; Lo, outlever length; Lsym, length of symphyseal membrane; q, muscle-fibre pennation angle

Kenaley CP, 2012. Exploring feeding behavior in deep-sea dragonfishes (Teleostei: Stomiidae): jaw biomechanics and functional significance of a loosejaw. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106:224—240. (pdf)

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Dragonfish

The Deep Sea Dragonfish, or Grammatostomias flagellibarba, is a ferocious predator in spite of its small size. It is one of many species known to inhabit the deep oceans of the world. 

This fish grows to about six inches in length. It has a large head and mouth equipped with many sharp, fang-like teeth. The dragonfish has a long barbel attached to its chin. This barbel is tipped with a light-producing organ known as a photophore. 

The dragonfish uses this organ like a fishing lure, flashing it on and off and waving it back and forth. Once an unsuspecting fish gets too close, it is snapped up in the dragonfish’s powerful jaws. The dragonfish also has photophores along the sides of its body. 

These light organs may be used to signal other dragonfish during mating. They may also serve to attract and disorient prey fishes from deep below. The Dragonfish lives in deep ocean waters at depths of up to 5000 feet (1,500 meters). They are found in most tropical regions around the world. (Source)

“Idiacanthinae”

Trying for a full digital and more free style to reduce work hours. Gorgeous brush set by Wangjie Li.
I will try to be consistent for once and complete the rest of the illustration series, deepsea fishies are pretty.

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at last, i have finished the prototype of the anime dragonfish. i am super pleased how he turned out. freakin adorable.

his eye needs to be bigger and please don’t look too closely at some of my black stitches but eeeehhhh.

he is on 18-ct aida fabric, and the slogan was the most popular pick of the people, so voila!

i do cross stitch commissions, so for this bad boy and more, check out my blog!

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Dragon of Tarkier Prerelease mat! Switched up the perspective a bit from the key art- here we’ve got our Pendleton Rockhopper on some kinda magical avalanche taking out the Leopard Seal Excursion ™  with his mutant flying fish/ Orange Roughy/ Pacific Viperfish combo, and everyone’s invited!


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favourite female characters ♡  jemma simmons (agents of shield)
↳That means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else, maybe live as a dragonfish, a microbe, maybe burn in a supernova and every part of us now was once a part of some other thing - a moon, a storm cloud, a mammoth. 

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Endless list of favourite characters
→ Jemma Simmons, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

”I like to think about the first law of thermodynamics, that no energy in the universe is created and… none is destroyed. That means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else. Maybe live as a dragonfish, a microbe, maybe burn in a supernova ten billion years from now. And every part of us now was once a part of some other thing - a moon, a storm cloud, a mammoth. A monkey. Thousands and thousands of other beautiful things that were just as terrified to die as we are. We gave them new life. Good one, I hope.“

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2014 → shows

i like to think about the first law of thermodynamics, that no energy in the universe is created. none is destroyed. that means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else, maybe live as a dragonfish, a microbe, maybe burn in a supernova and every part of us now was once a part of some other thing - a moon, a storm cloud, a mammoth. a monkey. a monkey. thousands and thousands of other beautiful things that were just as terrified to die as we are. we gave them new life a good one, i hope.

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I like to think about the first law of thermodynamics, that no energy in the universe is created - None is destroyed. That means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else, maybe live as a dragonfish, a microbe, maybe burn in a supernova And every part of us now was once a part of some other thing - a moon, a storm cloud, a mammoth. A monkey. Thousands and thousands of other beautiful things that were just as terrified to die as we are. We gave them new life. A good one, I hope.

The Bathysphere intacta (also known as the Giant Dragonfish) was only ever seen once, by William Beebe of the coast of Bermuda at a depth of 2,100 feet on November 22, 1932. It was described much like a dragon fish, except it was 6 feet long - while normal dragon fish grow up to 2 feet long. Beebe also said that the fish had bright pale blue colored lights along its body as well as two long tentacle-like appendages tipped with blue or red lights. 

Family Stomiidae, the barbeled dragonfishes, is a very diverse group of very badass-looking deep-sea fishes. These predators have large, toothy mouths, and often feature luminescent lures which they use to attract prey. Like many deep-sea fishes, they also possess photophores.