The Lure Of The Anglerfish

The anglerfish is a cunning creature, this article discuss this creature, its habitat, its reproductive habits and its feeding habits.

The anglerfish makes his home on the continental shelves of coastal Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea. The anglerfish belongs to a group of fish called lure fish. They get this name by luring prey to them, they do not have to go and hunt their meals with this system. The anglerfish is considered the best in luring his prey to him. The anglerfish's lure is a piece of skin near the opening of his mouth, when prey come close, he moves this in a curious way. In turn his prey come closer to get a better look and this is when the anglerfish takes advantage of the moment and snatches his next meal. The anglerfish find it easy to seduce small fish that feed around him. He lies on the bottom of the ocean floor and waits patiently.

The anglerfish can be found on many seabed's throughout his territory. He has a perfect camouflage that helps him fit right in on the floor of the Mediterranean. The anglerfish has a flat and small body that is much smaller than his head. The anglerfish does not swim much his fins and tail are used much like feet; he uses these to propel him across the seafloor.

The anglerfish is normally already in particular deep waters, but during spring time they progress to much deeper water to prepare to mate. The anglerfish is not very choosy about their mate. The male and female mate with several different other anglerfish to fertilize as many eggs as the female can produce. The female is able to lay approximately two hundred to three hundred eggs at a time. The male uses his " lure skin" to stimulate the female. She then lays her eggs and the male fertilizes them, the process can be repeated up to five to six times. The eggs become larvae after a period of about one-month and then begin to feed on plankton for approximately six months. When the reach a size of three to four inches they start their travel toward the seabed to evolve into an adult anglerfish.

The anglerfish population is not in any immediate danger but water pollution is a threat to all underwater life.

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