Lantern Fish As Classified As Plankton, Nekton Or Benthos?


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Lantern fish are classified as 'nekton.' Nektons are by nature active swimmers and are well-known predators in marine food chains usually. There is a thin line of distinction between a nekton and plankton. There are quite a few large marine animals like the tune which spend the larval stage of their lives as plankton and adult stage as nekton. Most of the members of the nekton are vertebrates. There are 16,000 species of fish in the nekton family and of them is the lantern fish.

Lantern fish are small deep-sea fish of the Mytcophidae family that have remarkable phosphorescent light organs along each side of the body. They are often known to swim up to the water surface at night.

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