A slender mola washed up at the research station that I worked at this summer. These fish are gorgeous and are a pelagic fish that rarely come up into our temperate waters. This is another sure sign of an El Niño year here in California
They grow to about a meter which is nothing compared to some of the other members of the molidae family.
This big guy is a Mola mola, also known as an ocean sunfish and they grow to weights over 1000kg!
Leftvents are deep-sea anglerfish, who have the symbiotic bacteria and obligate parasitic males common to many of the other anglerfish.
The genus name Linophryne is Greek, and means “toad that fishes with a net”, and lucifer means, well, "Lucifer". It’s a devil-toad-fish with a net. The whole genus is sometimes called “netdevils”. They’re uncommon enough thatbasically the entire genus is known by that common name.
Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London. 1886.