The delicate pixelfish is known for its ability to manipulate millions of microscopic photophores (pixels) to display a variety of images ranging in purpose from camouflage to courtship. When threatened it achieves a level of mimicry unparalleled in the animal kingdom. By arranging its pixels in concentric circles and illuminating hollow bone filaments in its fins, the pixelfish can create an uncanny likeness of a large predator equipped with an array of needle-sharp fangs. 
Abyssal Mantis Shrimp
This variety of mantis shrimp has adapted to live on the ocean floor amongst volcanic vents where life is abundant. While shallow-water mantis shrimp are known for their ability to perceive and display an immense range of color, the abyssal variety instead possess colonies of bioluminescent bacteria throughout their carapace. When activated, they emit bursts of light that confound any unfortunate onlookers. Meanwhile, its advanced limbs snare the stunned prey at astonishing velocities.
Andromeda Squid
One of only two known surviving species in the cephalopod order Vampyromorphida (commonly referred to as vampire squid). The andromeda squid is named after a nearby galaxy, due to the female’s appearance during her dazzling courtship ritual. Members of the species spend most of their lives alone, floating throughout the deep sea and passively feeding on debris from upper layers of the ocean. When a female is ready to mate, she activates the hundreds of photophores imbedded throughout her body, extends her arms, and begins a dance that attracts males from a wide distance.
Matchstick Cuttlefish
The matchstick cuttlefish combines advanced camouflage with two lure-like tentacles to become a master of illusion. Like other cuttlefish species, they are capable of changing both the color and texture of their skin. When hunting, it hovers nearly invisibly at the openings of caves and crevices. If prey is detected, it extends two delicate tentacles equipped with light-producing photophores. By using these appendages to mimic the movements of small bioluminescent invertebrates, the matchstick cuttlefish lures small fish from the safety of their dens into their awaiting arms.
Bearded Gulper Eel
The bearded gulper eel is a far larger and more active predator than its relatives, and constantly scans the ocean depths for small fish and crustaceans. It takes its name from its delicate external gills, which provide the oxygen necessary for a life on the move. They become most active at dusk, when smaller denizens of the aphotic zone migrate toward the surface of the ocean to feed in the safety of the night. Bearded gulpers follow these migrations and use their headlight-like photophores to illuminate plankton and shrimp. This proves irresistible to schools of lanternfish, who begin to feast on the glowing morsels. Meanwhile, the bearded gulper approaches with its mouth wide open, scooping up any fish too slow to flee.
Swarm Angler
Female swarm anglers contort the process of mouth brooding for a darker purpose. By the time they reach adulthood, they are virtually immobile, and unable to hunt on their own.  Instead, she allows her vibrant offspring to venture out into her territory, attracting the attention of would-be predators. She then emits a pheromone from the appendage on her snout that signals her children to come home, baiting the curious predators into her cavernous maw. The sheer quantity of her swarm ensures that offspring will survive to establish the next generation, even if many are lost in the game of bait and switch.
Tube-Eyed Catfish
The tube-eyed catfish utilizes its motion-sensing whiskers and extremely perceptive eyes to detect prey even in the darkest environments. It is known to favor seeking out the bioluminescent flares used by smaller predators to lure in prey (such as the anglerfish), devouring them moments before their own trap is sprung.
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