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Flashlight Fish

  • Order: Actinopterygii
  • Family: Beryciformes
  • Genus: Anomalops
  • Species: katoptron
Fun Fact

Flashlight fish are characterized by two glowing light organs located beneath their eyes.

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    About Flashlight Fish

    Flashlight fish reach up to 35 centimeters in length. They have a black body with blue tinge along its caudal and dorsal fins. They form schools ranging from 24 to 48 fish. Their light organs are also used to communicate. These organs contain bioluminescent bacteria that create the light continuously. 

    Flashlight Fish in the Wild


    Warm shallow reefs ranging from 200 to 400 meters deep, caves, and drop-offs.


    Indo-Pacific Region


    Flashlight fish feed primarily on zooplankton.