Alepisaurus ferox is a species of lancetfish found in the ocean depths down to 1,830 metres (6,000 ft). This species grows to a length of 215 centimetres (85 in) TL and a weight of 9 kilograms (20 lb).
Name[edit source | edit]
The scientific name of this fish is Alepisaurus ferox, and the common name in English is the long-snouted lancetfish.
Location[edit source | edit]
The Alepisaurus ferox lives in the marine environment, and are known to be found in deep-water ocean. They can be found in the areas including:
- Western Pacific
- Eastern Pacific
- Aleutian Islands to Chile
- Western Atlantic
- Gulf of Maine
- Gulf of Mexico
- Caribbean Sea
- Eastern Atlantic
- Indian Ocean
- Northwest Atlantic
- South China Sea
- East China Sea 
Characteristics[edit source | edit]
The dorsal fin of Alepisaurus ferox is high up.[clarification needed] It has about three rays beginning with the third or fourth ray being strongly exerted. It is known to have a large mouth with two fangs. They are generally pale, iridescent, dark around their dorsal, and all of their fins are either dark brown or black.
Notes[edit source | edit]
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Alepisaurus ferox" in FishBase. February 2012 version.
References[edit source | edit]
- "Alepisaurus ferox Lowe, 1833". FishBase. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
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