The tripodfish or tripod spiderfish, Bathypterois grallator, is a deep-sea benthic fish in the Ipnopidae family found at lower latitudes. It is now relatively well known from photographs and submersible observations, and seem to prefer to perch on the ooze using much elongated...
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Two species of tripod fish, Bathypterois grallator and B. cf. atricolor, were observed in the Hawaiian Islands at depths of > 1000 m during submersible dives in May and July 1986. This is the first record of B. grallator in the central Pacific Ocean.