What is this organism?
This is the Spiky Fatballfish. It was just discovered at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Its scientific name is the Lophius Mariannus Circulus, with its genus being Lophius.
Where can it be found?
It can be found around 6000 meters deep in the Marianas Trench. It lives in the Hadapelagic zone which is known for being the deepest part in the ocean, as well as its freezing temperature, extreme pressure, no light, and its scarcity of life. It is also found at the Pelagic zone because it is in water, Oceanic because it is in the bottom 99% of the ocean. Lastly it is in the Aphotic zone because it doesn't have light.
What traits does the creature have?
The Spiky Fatballfish doesn't travel far and has small fins that hinder its movement to slow swimming with small gusts of fast movement. It has very sharp teeth to tear away at dead organisms. The Spiky Ballfish is a scavenger that mainly eats a variety of dead organisms like deceased whales,fish,and Giant squid. The Spiky Fatballfish has many spikes that are covered in toxins that can paralyze predators, as well as being sharp. This protects it from a variety of potential predators. It also has large eyes so it can detect the tiniest of lights in the Aphotic zone. It mainly is aware of its surroundings because it detects vibrations in the water by using its many sensitive pores.
How do they reproduce?
The Spiky Fatballfish's color differs between gender. The male is white with blue spikes and red fins, while the female is mainly white with black fins. The male uses bio-luminescence to glow his red fins to attract females. Once he has gotten a mate they find a hole in the sea floor where the female will lay her eggs and he will fertilize them.
How does it breathe?
It is nektonic, meaning it can swim around freely, and because of this as the fish swims water containing oxygen goes into its pores where it diffuses into its cells. In other words, it breathes through diffusion of oxygenated water into its cells.