oa African Zoology - Contribution to the functional morphology of fishes. Part II. The feeding mechanism of the angler fish, Lophius piscatorius Linnaeus

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Lophius piscatorius Linnaeus is a species of wide distribution. It is commonly trawled from depths of ten fathoms and more around the South African coast and is also trawled off the coast of Europe. Fossils of the genus Lophius date back to the Upper Eocene (Gregory 1951). It is included in the family Lophiidae of the order Pediculati by Regan (Lophiiformes of Berg). The mode of life of Lophius is quite well known. It lies still on the sea-bed (usually mud) camouflaged by its dark green to dark grey colour, its flat shape and by processes of skin which hang out like pieces of cloth around the edges of its flat ventral surface. By patient angling by means of its 'lure' (illicium) prey is attracted to its mouth and swallowed.

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