Greeneye fish • greeneye fish

Note the green fluorescence of the eyes of this short-nose greeneye fish. The submersible team collected the specimen for optical studies in the ship’s onboard laboratory.

Although Greeneyes are deep-sea aulopiform marine fishes in the small family Chlorophthalmidae. Thought to have a circumglobal distribution in tropical and temperate waters, the family contains just 18 species in two genera.

The family name Chlorophthalmidae derives from the Greek words chloros meaning “green” and ophthalmos meaning “eye”.
Also some species are of interest to commercial and subsistence fisheries; the fish are made into fish meal or sold fresh



Image courtesy Edie Widder.

Operation Deep Scope: Seeing with “New Eyes”: August 7-17, 2004

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