Aging Angler Fish
I am looking for the life expectacy of angler fish. I realize there
are deep water anglers and reef anglers, and pelagic anglers... Just a range
As you probably know already, there are many different species of angler fish
depending upon who you talk to. Some species are not related at all to others
that are called this same common name, especially it seems the ones that are found
in very deep water around deep ocean vents.
The next problem is after finding the species, then you need to ask if you are
talking about captivity or in the wild longevity.
You probably do not give a hoot about any of this so I will give you age limit
for two species of commonly called Angler Fishes in the Genus Lophius. Based
upon scale data, they live about 10-14 years. Females tend to live longer than
males based on some studies.
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Update: June 2012