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Dragonfishes and Relatives: Stomiiformes

Dragonfishes, Their Relatives, And People

Because of their bizarre and fearsome appearance, dragonfishes and their relatives have been subjects of myth, literature, and art.


Huge fangs allow dragonfishes and their relatives to take prey about one-third their own size. This meal would be equivalent to an adult human eating more than one hundred hamburgers in a single sitting.


The protein responsible for red light production by rat-trap fish has been studied for possible medical uses. This protein, if it could be synthesized and attached to an antibody, would provide a means of locating and treating tumors within a human body without the need for invasive surgery.

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Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded VertebratesDragonfishes and Relatives: Stomiiformes - Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Dragonfishes, Their Relatives, And People, Viperfish (chauliodus Sloani): Species Accounts - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS