Alepisaurus ferox

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
AlepisauridaeAlepisaurus feroxLowe1833Longnose Lancetfish

Alepisaurus ferox

Unique Characters: Large (to 2 m) aulopiform fishes, very elongate, slender and compressed body. Dorsal fin nearly as long as body and sail-like. Small adipose fin above posterior part of anal fin. Pectoral fins set very low on body and longer than pelvic fins which are located about midbody. No spines present in any fins. Scales absent. Caudal peduncle with midlateral adipose keel. Body iridescent blue-black above, grey-silver below; dorsal fin blue-black.

Similar Species: None.

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