Black dragonfish

Biomaps map of Black Dragonfish specimens in the Australian Museum collection. What does this mean? Habitat The Black Dragonfishes (Family Idiacanthidae) live in mesopelagic to bathypelagic waters down to depths of about 2000 m. More

The black dragonfish is part of the Malacosteid family. This fish has bioluminescent capabilities. The black dragonfish, unlike almost all the other bioluminescent organisms in the ocean, can glow and perceive a red or blue-green light. More

That is, if the Black Dragonfish is using it's red bioluminescence to find prey, the prey won't be able to see it coming and escape. More

The larval (developing) Black Dragonfish is a most unusual-looking fish. It is long, slender and transparent, with eyes at the ends of long stalks which can be up to half the length of the body. More

Fish like the Black Dragonfish aren’t exactly popular for eating, but do get accidentally caught in fishermen’s nets. This picture was taken as part of research to try and distinguish signals, or sound waves, of different kinds of fish. More

A Black Dragonfish is a very long, very thin fish that lives in deep water and will go as low in the water as about 2 thousand feet. More

The Black Dragonfish or a variety of sea horse species. One of them, The Deep Sea Dragonfish has been found as deep as 5000 feet. More

Like many deep sea fish, the black dragonfish can produce its own light. It is covered with photophores along lower and upper surfaces, and has photophores under its eyes and at the end of its long barbel. More

Common names

Atlantic dragonfish in English
black dragonfish in English
Common black dragonfish in English
deepsea stalkeye fish in English
大西洋奇棘魚 in Mandarin Chinese
大西洋奇棘鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
黑奇棘魚 in Mandarin Chinese
黑奇棘鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Stomiiformes
Family : Stomiidae
Genus : Idiacanthus
Species : Idiacanthus fasciola
Authority : Brauer, 1906