One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, elongated deep-sea fish that has large jaws with long protruding fangs.
Family Chauliodontidae: several genera and species
- ‘I had an opportunity to study rare creatures like viperfishes and goosefishes, firsthand - in fact so intimately that they both bit me on the fingers.’
- ‘The viperfish is thought to use its sharp teeth to impale its victims by swimming at them at high speeds.’
- ‘Stomiiformes is an order of deep-sea ray-finned fishes of very diverse morphology, including dragonfishes, lightfishes, marine hatchetfishes, viperfishes, and loosejaws.’
- ‘The viperfish may be expected on the offshore banks as a stray at any time, for several have been taken off the continental slope abreast of southern New England in deep water.’
- ‘The viperfish lives in deep, deep water and the viperfish is very, very rare.’
- ‘Humans have so rarely encountered a viperfish in its natural habitat that to date there are no photographs of one in its home in the deep ocean.’
- ‘During the day, viperfish hunt deep down in the ocean, but at night they come up to shallower waters where food is more plentiful.’
- ‘A viperfish is equipped with fang-like teeth and a large gape.’
- ‘Sloane's viperfish are not known to be sexually dimorphic since the specimens caught are rarely sexed.’
- ‘Their ferocious appearance is echoed in their other common names: viperfishes, snaggletooths, black dragonfishes, and sawtailfishes.’
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