Psychrolutes marcidus

Blob Fish

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Blob Fish

 

Description

The Blobfish (Psychrolutes maricdus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand.

Blobfish are typically shorter than 30 cm. They live at depths between 600 and 1,200 m (2,000 and 3,900ft) where the presure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders ineffective for maintaning bouyancy. Instead, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it such as deep-oceancrustaceans.

Blobfish are often caught as bycatch in bottom trawling nets. Scientist now fear blobfish could become an endangered species becuase of deep-ocean trawling 

 

Geography

Blobfish inhabit the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand.

Ecosystem

Bathydemersal; Marine; Depth range 600 - 1200m

 

Conservation

Not Evaluated. 

 

Threats

Not Evaluated.

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