Physical Characteristics

Like other midwater anglerfishes, the seadevil is characterized by the absence of pelvic fins, pseudobranchs, and scales or other dermal derivatives. Moderate to extreme degrees of sexual dimorphism characterize members of this suborder. Cerati-ids exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism, with the adult males being reduced to ectoparasites of the females. As with most species, the lure (esca) appears to be bioluminescent in the seadevil. Female seadevils have a vertical to strongly oblique mouth, and the first two or three rays of the soft dorsal fin are modified as caruncles (low, fleshy appendages).

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