The male's body transforms itself over time into just a pair of gonads. They also collected 24 anglerfish samples at various life stages. That's because the fish and bacteria developed a tight, mutually beneficial relationship, where the bacteria generate light while the fish supplies nutrients to the microbe.
Despite its recent fame, little is known about anglerfish and their symbiotic relationship with these brilliant bacteria , because the fish are difficult to acquire and study. The stoplight loosejaw—named for its mousetrap-like maw, which unhinges to an unsightly degree so it can swallow prey whole—is the master of stealth.
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The prevalence of this phenomenon only increases with depth: At the same time, the bacteria have retained some genes that are useful in water outside the host. Carina Bunse has written a thesis on marine bacteria and how they respond to the changes in their environment. At the Smithsonian Visit. Last Name.
For the first time, scientists have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of bacteria that live in anglerfish bulbs. Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank. Here's the video showing you a little bit about anglerfishes: Typically, bathybenthic anglerfishes, which live in the deepest, darkest reaches of the world's oceans rely upon bioluminescent bacterial symbionts for their very survival.