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lanternfish

or lantern fish

[lan-tern-fish] /ˈlæn tərnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) lanternfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lanternfishes.
1.
any of several small, deep-sea fishes of the family Myctophidae, having rows of luminous organs along each side, certain species of which migrate to the surface at night.
Origin of lanternfish
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; lantern + fish
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lantern fish

noun
1.
any small deep-sea teleost fish of the family Myctophidae, having a series of luminescent spots along the body
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