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Stareater (fish)

Snaggletooths or stareaters are any of a number of small, deep-sea stomiid fish in the genus Astronesthes. They possess a bioluminescent red chin barbel that the fish use as a lure to attract small prey into striking distance.

The fish have delicate skin, and mouths filled with sharp, needlelike, curved teeth.[1]


There are currently 48 recognized species in this genus: [2]


  1. ^ Stewart, Andrew. "Science report: Denizens of the deep: daggertooth and stareater." NZ IPY-CAML Voyage 2008. 2008. Ministry of Fisheries. Crown Copyright: 2008.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Astronesthes in FishBase. February 2012 version.


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