dragonfish

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drag·​on·​fish | \ ˈdra-gən-ˌfish How to pronounce dragonfish (audio) \

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Like human teeth, the dragonfish’s teeth have a dense inner dentin layer surrounded by an outer enamellike layer. Helen Santoro, Science | AAAS, "The transparent teeth of this dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose," 5 June 2019 Researchers collected 10 dragonfish (Aristostomias scintillans, pictured) with a fishing net. Helen Santoro, Science | AAAS, "The transparent teeth of this dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose," 5 June 2019 Unless, that is, you’re being hunted by a stoplight loosejaw dragonfish. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 Maybe the threadfin dragonfish, with its winning smile and luminous purple photophore, will unlock the next big technological innovation. Sonke Johnsen, National Geographic, "How Deep-Sea Fish Are So Exceptionally Black," 18 Apr. 2018 Not all species of dragonfish have the fully developed hinged cranium. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Head," 17 Feb. 2017 That's good advice for most living things, but a group of creatures called the dragonfishes found an evolutionary way to break that rule. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Head," 17 Feb. 2017 That's why bioluminescent creatures, including krill, squid, lanternfish, and dragonfish, create their own light chemically through organs called photophores. National Geographic, "Bats, Jellyfish, and Other Animals With Daily Commutes," 17 June 2017

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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