Happy Halloween: Viperfish terrors

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Author: Angela Pauly
Date: October 31, 2013



While looking through images from our Ranger expedition, we came upon this creepy creature that eerily looks like its wearing a skull mask.

Turns out even its name sends a bit of a shiver down the spine. This member of the dragonfish family is called a sloane's viperfish  and currently holds the world record for the largest teeth relative to head size (yikes). Those teeth don't mess around either; they are so large that the viperfish has to open its mouth to make its jaws vertical before it can even swallow prey!