Deepsea Lizardfish

This lizardfish (Bathysaurus ferox) rests on the ocean bottom with its head slightly elevated—waiting to snatch prey with its large mouth and sharp teeth. It lives at depths of 600-3,500 meters (1,969-11,483 feet) and grows up to 64 centimeters (25.2 inches) long. More about deep ocean exploration can be found in the Deep Ocean Exploration section.

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Submitted by bella (not verified) on

That thing is scary! Its really cool though..... it looks scared....!!!

Submitted by The Ocean Portal Team on

Thanks for commenting. This is not a deep sea lizard -- it's a fish. It's in the family Bathysauridae, which only contains two species.

To make it more confusing, there is a different group of fishes called lizardfishes, but, despite the deepsea lizardfish's common name, it is not actually in this group.

Thanks for reading!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Cool! But "deep sea lizard"????

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