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Goosefish

Goosefish

About Goose fish : The goosefish scientific name is Lophiidae. It is a benthic fish that are usually seen in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean from the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Although long as considered and undesirable as food in the United States, its popularity has grown considerably in past few years.

Physical features : Goose fish belong to the family Lophiidae, which is usually found in warm and temperate ocean around the world. Goose fishes are very soft and flabby with wide, flattened heads with tapering bodies. They may grow to a maximum length of about 1.8 meters and 75 pounds in weight. They have very huge mouths along with large sharp teeth. The first thing, which is noticeable about this fish, is the enormous mouth, which is situated up, with the lower jaw projecting far beyond the reach of upper jaw. Their heads are topped by a row of three dorsal fin spines.

Color : Goosefish are usually chocolate-brown but few are finely mottled with pale and dark. The dorsal fins, the pectoral fins, and the caudal fin are of a darker shade of black color, while the whole lower surface is of white color. Sometimes, it is found the upper side has white spots. Juveniles ones are seen as mottled with green and brown.

Size : Adult goose fish are of 2 to 4 feet long, it weight around 50 to 55 pounds.

Habits : Goose fish larvae, like any other sea fishes, feed on various pelagic animals such as copepods, crustacean larvae, and worms. Sagitta is one of the chief diets of juvenile goosefish. The adult fish often feed on sea birds. Goosefish are also known to eat up invertebrates such as lobsters, crabs, hermit crabs, squids, worms, shellfish, starfish, and eelgrass. The goosefish has often been recognized for its appetite. The most interesting habit of the goosefish is that it uses it flap of skin at the tip of the first dorsal spine as a bait to lure small fishes

Few facts about Goose fish :

  1. Goose fishes generally live on the bottom. They stay quiet and move slowly in the ocean.
  2. This fish is carnivorous, and commonly eat fish for their prey. Fishes are the main course of the diet; but they also eat various invertebrates and seabirds.
  3. Goose fishes are sold as food in some countries and it has gained lot of popularity in the recent years.
  4. This fish can swallow many fishes at a time that are equal to their own weight. They have an enormous strength to eat almost any kind of fish, bird's, sea turtles, and invertebrates.
  5. This fish can swallow indigestible objects.
  6. Adult goosefish do not have many enemies. But juveniles are picked up by various predaceous fishes but they are protected by their mother.
  7. Goosefish usually lay eggs in spring, summer, or early autumn.
  8. The goosefish are the species of angler fish.
  9. The liver of this fishes, known as ankimo, is a wonderful delicacy in Japan.
  10. Goose fish may not look beautiful but it is considered as one of the very important delicacy in many regions.