Capros asper

Habitat: Muddy or rocky seabed

Depth: 40 - 700m    

Food: Small crustaceans, molluscs and worms

Length: Up to 30cm

Lifespan: 25 years

Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)

A small deep-water fish with large eyes and reddish colouration, these features are both adaptations to living in the deep dark environment. Large eyes are usefully to collect any light available as little to no sunlight penetrates pass the first 50 m. Being red is a common feature of deep dwelling animals as red light is the first colour to disappear as you descend and so being red means that you are effectively invisible!


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