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Notice the reflective patterns on its underside. I think it must be a deep water fish. It was found washed up on the ocean sand in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (USA) after a hurricane. Here is a picture of it

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Not an expert, but an online search for bioluminscent fish led me to a bioluminescent toadfish called Porichthys porosissimus. The ventral angle of your specimen looks a lot like the photos I could find...

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Source: Robertson, R on Fishbase

Like many midshipman fish, P. porosissimus have photophores (those dots in your specimen) that glow to attract prey:

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Source: W. Ward (Rutgers Center for Research and Education in Bioluminescence and Biotechnology)

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    $\begingroup$ This site provides a sightings map, but some of the points are sort of suspect, so I don't know how accurate it is... $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2018 at 3:36

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