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Gulf of Mexico Photographs

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Sigmops (=Gonostoma) elongatum, a bristlemouth, was collected between 200 and 400 meters depth. This is an adult individual.
Scopeloberyx opisthopterus, a "big scale," was collected between 600 and 1000 meters depth.
This is Valenciennellus tripunctulatus. This individual was collected between 1000 and 1500 meters depth.
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This squid is the jewel squid, Stigmatoteuthis (= Histoteuthis) arcturi. Among its peculiarities is the fact that one eye is enormous and one much
smaller. Some biologists speculate that the eyes serve different functions and the squid orients its body to use its large eye to look upward for
predators and prey silhouetted by whatever light may reach it from the surface. The other eye presumably detects bioluminescence below the animal.
This snipe eel, family Nemichthyidae, was collected between 1000 and 1500 meters depth.
Diplospinus multistriatus, - a snake mackerel of the family Gempylidae, was collected between 600 and 1000 meters depth.
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Acanthephyra purpurea, a mesopelagic prawn, collected between 600 and 1000 meters depth.
This is an immature form of Gnathophausia, a mesopelagic prawn, collected between 600 and 1000 meters depth.
Systellaspis debilis, a mesopelagic prawn, was collected between 600 and 1000 meters depth. Notice the dark spots on the sides of the prawn. These spots are bioluminescent.
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