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Dragonfishes and Relatives: Stomiiformes

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Dragonfishes and their relatives live all over the world except the Arctic Ocean.

Dragonfishes and their relatives live in the open ocean at 660 to 3,300 feet (200 to 1,000 meters), but some live below 3,300 feet (1,000 meters).

For their size, dragonfishes and their relatives are fierce predators (PREH-duh-terz) that hunt and kill for food. They feed on other fishes, shrimps, and squid, or they feed on plankton, or microscopic plants and animals.

Dragonfishes and their relatives are not threatened or endangered.

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