Illuminating the Living Lanterns of Antarctica

Lanternfish are a relatively small but very abundant fish. They live deep in the ocean’s “twilight” zone where there is not much light. A unique community of lanternfish live in the Southern Ocean, where they are a key part of the Antarctic food web. Lanternfish also play an important role in moving carbon from the atmosphere into the deep ocean, where it is stored. In this article, we explain current knowledge on Southern Ocean lanternfish, including how they produce their own light! We will also tell you about some mysteries surrounding lanternfish that scientists are yet to solve.


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Authors: Belcher, Anna ORCIDORCID record for Anna Belcher, Freer, Jennifer J. ORCIDORCID record for Jennifer J. Freer, Dornan, Tracey ORCIDORCID record for Tracey Dornan, Saunders, Ryan A. ORCIDORCID record for Ryan A. Saunders

On this site: Tracey Dornan, Anna Belcher, Jennifer Freer, Ryan Saunders, Tracey Dornan, Tracey Dornan
17 April, 2023
Frontiers for Young Minds / 11
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