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Stoplight Loosejaw by Abiogenisis Stoplight Loosejaw by Abiogenisis
[This fish is Real]

The Loosejaw is a small deep water fish which through evolution has lost the skin on the floor of its mouth. This alows the jaw to shoot out with minimal water resistance to snare prey. The red light under its eye is used to spot food, as many creatures of the deep see cannot see red light. This gives the Loosejaw its own 'sniper scope'.
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:iconthetropiclans:
TheTropiClans Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've tried drawing loosejaws, the unhinging jaws are too complex, but wow look it's my favorite fish in all its epic glory, and nice job on the rattail fish!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
It is hard to find any good references, since its so small and there just arent many photos!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Hey, the mouth is messed up anyway :P
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:iconthetropiclans:
TheTropiClans Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
I completely agree, considering I commented WAY (unnecessary exaggerating) too late. Yeah. I tried to do one. Not sure if I messed up on the mouth... Meh.
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RavenRox5 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
The red light is also to spot it's red prey, like the red deep sea shrimp. Red light does not reach that deep in the ocean so to most predators, the shrimp is invisible. But not to this guy!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Night scope skills!
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Here again the proof, that earth's critters are far more alien, than any Sci-Fi creature from movie business.

I wonder, how extraterrestrials might look then?

Epic!

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ztlawton Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I saw "This fish is Real", I did not believe it. You make such wonderfully realistic alien designs; this has to be more of the same, right?

Then I googled it. My nightmares will never be the same again.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Luckily its only about 2 inches long!
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:iconztlawton:
ztlawton Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but that's still two inches too long for me.

On the plus side, you've captured it's nightmarishness wonderfully. *shudder*
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Amazing work1
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
:D
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Staring at the complex design of the mouth gives me chills.
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k0op4 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Wow, I just saw this photo on I fucking Love Science group on Facebook... Then I started looking through your gallery, because its awesome, and BOOM.
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Garrisonozzy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I find it even freakier that not only does it almost dislocate it's head to have it's loose jaw fly out to catch prey, it has a second pair of jaws under it's head, almost inside it's body.
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost can't believe this is real. And yet I'm not surprised. Most deep sea fishies are creepy freaky and all around weird.
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PhaidrosthePeep Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
.... And just when I thought your alien creatures were the most imaginative ever, you show us Mother Nature out-does us all....
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
if i designed this, people would have said it was implausible :P
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I didn't believe this was real. O________O I completely thought it was an alien. Oh my goodness. :iconclapplz:
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dauntlessxhawk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Love your work! It is so anatomically accurate! Even the colour of light emitted from the four sets of the photophores on Malacosteus niger are very accurate! Are you an ichthyologist? Did you draw it based on any photos? Thanks!

A fellow marine biologist
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Hey mate,

Actually I have no science qualifications, but I am an enthusiast and read about it as much as I can.

This image was done based on all the photos I could find (which were few) as well as using some existing illustrations as reference.
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dauntlessxhawk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good on you mate! It's fantastic work!

I know what you mean. Most of the Malacosteus niger in photos are deformed dead fish and I struggled to find a good one in its natural habitat, let alone one actually feeding!

Again, great drawing! Keep up the good work and enthusiasm :)
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Pr0teusUnbound Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the weirdest part is that these fish are effectively filter feeders. normally their stomachs only contain crustaceans the size of pinheads when autopsied.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
How strange. Perhaps they ingest that type of food until a rare, large prey item can be found?
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Pr0teusUnbound Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that is a possibility, but by and large their primary prey appears to be copepods.
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dauntlessxhawk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was suggested that the calanoid copepods the fish consumes provides the raw material for the synthesis of its visual pigment (chlorophyl-1-derived photosensitiser) so without eating the copepods the fish can't see. When the nutritional state of an individual deteriorates after prolonged "snacking" on copepods, it may be stimulated to revert to piscivory (eat fish) in the epipelagic zone.
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Phoeberia Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep that settles this... Im not goin in the water
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Its about 3 inches long ;)
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:iconphoeberia:
Phoeberia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh.. Still XD
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John-the-Enforcer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Plus, where it lives is far from where you swim...like a mile or two below the ocean's surface, give or take.
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:iconphoeberia:
Phoeberia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
well yeah, duh is still terrifying though lol
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Phil-Boswell Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
This is an awesome picture!
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tassiofranca Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
excellent
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LauraDollie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fish are so disgusting... and awesome.
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N-S-D-A-P Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
I love abyssal fishes. Beautiful specimens.
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ThePitbullLover Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Sooooooo freaky.
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Yoji00 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Like the cloakmouth, this thing is 1) nightmare fuel, and 2) thankfully small.
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zookinator-hedgie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
this is a real fish!? o_o creepy...but cool!
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deaddoll00 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait...this is a REAL fish? *curls into a fetal ball*

Fantastic work, the soft light from the surface illuminating the water/fish makes it look all the creepier :D
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ArcticWolf125 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
i actually looked this fish up when i seen this. damn o.o nature is crazy when it comes to adaptations and changes in lifeforms.
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This fish is real?! Wow.
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sephypsycologist Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
O.O amazing! It took me a while to see its eye. That's a very clever device, no jaw skin. Nature *and your picture illustrating it* is fascinating :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Danke :D
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is this real or speculative? (once someone does so amazing spec-art, it's hard to distinguish what is earth-based speculation and reality! =D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Haha XD its a real fish, though i think its only about 10cm long :P
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dauntlessxhawk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
large specimens can grow up to 35cm, so not that small haha
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! O_o This little fella surely has fresh breath, don't you think? =D
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Triphon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Incredibly realisitic ! Although I'd like to see how it shuts his jaw so that the prey doesn't escape from its stomach XD
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littlemisshufflepuff Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an incredible animal, really. It really makes one appreciate the magnificent diversity of life on this planet. :)
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Crimsonum Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, yet another of nature's peculiar wonders. Great painting, although somehow it was first difficult (for me) to "see" the head. It's almost entirely detatched from the rest of the body.
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