The Whipnose anglers, Gigantactinidae, are a family of deep-sea anglerfishes. The family name is derived from the Greek words "gigas", meaning "big", and "aktis", meaning "ray". They are distinguished by the presence of a remarkably long lure (the illicium), which may be longer than the body of the fish.
The Whipnose angler females are easily recognizable due to the fact that they have an elongated shape to them along with small head. Their illicium has a length that is an average of one to four times the size of a standard length. The family of the Whipnose includes 22 species in two genera. Just like the other ceratioid groups, the Whipnose angler has little known about their ecology, but it is known that this species lives a benthic lifestyle while possibly swimming upside down while it is foraging. They tend to drift motionless to lure in their prey.
The Whipsone angler can be found in all three major oceans. The north-most location of the females has been recorded by southern Greenland while the south-most location was recorded at 50°S in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. The species may possibly be one of the deepest-living ceratoid at maximum depths exceeding 1000 m.
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