Image: Larval Spiderfish and diver

Larval Spiderfish and diver

A 5 cm long larval deepsea Spiderfish (probably Bathypterois) at a depth of 5 m.  The photograph was taken during a diving safety stop at night (9pm - about an hour and thirty minutes after sunset) on 25 March 2010.

Dan Dickinson
© Dan Dickinson


The dive location was south-west of the western end of Little Cayman Island, Cayman Islands. Caribbean Sea. The sandy bottom was at a depth of 15 m. Scattered coral heads rose to 5 m to 7 m above the bottom. The dive area was about 100 m from the edge of a wall that according to the dive master dropped to a depth of about 2000 m.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, larval, Spiderfish, Little Cayman Island, Ipnopidae, Tripod Fish,