Goosefish, deep-water (Lophiodes beroe)

Photo Credit: S.W. Ross and M. Rhode (UNCW)

Description: The goosefish is a clever hunter. This well camouflaged anglerfish sits and waits for prey to swim by. It uses a long lure on top of its head to trick hungry prey into coming close enough to become a meal. There are several species of deep-water goosefishes, but this species seems to be most common on the deep reefs.

Geographic Distribution

Figure 1: Relative probability of occurrence of Goosefish (Lophiodes beroe) based on computer generated distribution maps. Data source: Aquamaps

Depth Profile

Figure 2: Approximate depth range of Goosefish (black box). Slope of seafloor is a generalized representation of the Gulf of Mexico shelf and outer continental shelf.