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Hatchetfish Manipulate Light for Survival

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AUTUM C. PYLANT, NEWS EDITOR, [email protected]

The midwater region of the ocean houses the largest ecosystem on Earth. This region, which forms the link between the ocean surface and the bottom, is enormous — with depths ranging from 200 to 11,000 meters. Many of the inhabitants of this vast area have evolved peculiar abilities and features that allow them to survive. This includes camouflaging their bodies in darkness and in light. Lateral aspect of hatchetfish showing general anatomy including ventral photophores, and appearance of the fish in diffuse lighting. Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania. One of these...Read full article

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