Animal Species:Longnose Lancetfish, Alepisaurus ferox Lowe, 1833

The Longnose Lancetfish has a large mouth with fangs and a high, sail-like dorsal fin running along the dorsal margin.

Standard Common Name

Longnose Lancetfish

Alternative Name/s

Lancetfish

Identification

The dorsal fin origin is positioned above the rear margin of the operculum. It's anterior rays are long. Large fangs are present on both jaws, those of the top jaw project from vomer.

The snout is longer than the aptly named Shortnose-Lancetish (at least 40% HL vs. less than 40% HL).

Size range

It grows to 2.15 m in length.

Distribution

The species occurs circumglobally in tropical and some temperate waters.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Alepisaurus ferox

Classification

Species:
ferox
Genus:
Alepisaurus
Family:
Alepisauridae
Order:
Aulopiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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