While understandably named for their disproportionately large, fang-like teeth and unapproachable visage, fangtooths are actually quite small and unharmful to humans: the larger of the two species, the common fangtooth, reaches a maximum length of just 16 centimeters (6inches); the shortthorn fangtooth is about half this size.
The head is small with a large jaw and appears haggard, riddled with mucus cavities delineated by serrated edges and covered by a thin skin. The eyes are relatively small, set high on the head; the entire head is a dark brown to black and is strongly compressed laterally, deep anteriorly and progressively more slender towards the tail.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fangtooth
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A Fangtooth fish is displayed at the Natural History Museum’s new exhibition ‘The Deep’ in London, England. The Fangtooth fish is one of the exhibits of ‘The Deep’ a new exhibition combining real specimens and life-size interactive installations that opens at the Museum on Friday.
(Dan Kitwood, Getty Images / May 26, 2010)(via Photos in the news - chicagotribune.com)
there’s a little steampunk in this fish, yes?