Panamic Flashlightfish, Phthanophaneron harveyi: Fish caught during fishing by Capt. Kevin Ward with a Sabiki rig in 310 feet of 63.7-degree water while making bait for mackerel in December 2005 in an area off the Stone Cliffs, 2 miles south of Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
"Today, Captain Kevin Ward caught this really weird fish when we were making bait...some kind of deep water fish I think not sure what...Not shown in the photo is this strange little flap of skin below the eye...When opened it is very light in color like maybe some kind of light? The fish's head is very bony and hard...scales are very fine and feels sand paper, leather-like to the touch. It also had some very light blue color specks near the belly." Description and photos courtesy of Mike Kanzler.
Fish identified by Dr. Milton Love, University of California, Santa Barbara, with additional input from Donald Alley, Omar DeMoss and Hal Forzen. Fish identification reconfirmed by Dr. John McCosker, California Academy of Science; Dr. Ross Robertson, Smithsonian Institute, Panama; and Dr. Richard Rosenblatt, Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
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