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[lan-tern-fish] /ˈlæn tərnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) lanternfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lanternfishes.
any of several small, deep-sea fishes of the family Myctophidae, having rows of luminous organs along each side, certain species of which migrate to the surface at night.
Origin of lanternfish
1745-55; lantern + fish Unabridged
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  • As an albacore ages it feeds less on squid and more on fish such as saury, lanternfish, or rockfish.
  • Anglerfish and lanternfish both are thought to produce light to attract a mate.
  • There were also many bioluminescent organisms in the samples, including various lanternfish, jellyfish and algae.

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