The Compleat Angler: Aggressive Mimicry in an Antennariid Anglerfish

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Science  28 Jul 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4353, pp. 369-370
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4353.369


A case of aggressive mimicry is described in which an anglerfish of the genus Antennarius (order Lophiiformes) utilizes a lure that mimics a small fish. The lure provides not only a highly attractive visual cue but presumably also a low-frequency pressure stimulus for potential prey with a minimum of energy expenditure.