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Snake Mackerel
2007-06-24 20:23:52

Snake Mackerel are perciform fish in the family Gempylidae. They are elongated fish with a similar appearance to barracudas, having a long dorsal fin, usually with one or finlets trailing it. The largest species, including the Snoek, Thyrsites atun, grow up to two meters long. They are deep-water benthopelagic fishes, and several species are important commercial and game fishes.

Flying fish
2007-06-24 18:20:31

Flying fish are a marine fish family comprising about 50 species grouped in 7 to 9 genera. Flying fish are found in all the major oceans, mainly in warm tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Their most striking feature is their pectoral fins, which are unusually large, and enable the fish to take short gliding flights through air, above the surface of the...

Pelican eel
2007-06-24 18:16:28

The Pelican eel or Gulper eel, discovered by Kyle Briggins, is a deep-sea fish rarely seen by humans, though the creatures are occasionally snagged in fishermen's nets. It is an eel-like fish, the only member of the genus Eurypharynx and the family Eurypharyngidae. It belongs to the order Saccopharyngiformes which is closely related to the true eels in Anguilliformes. The Pelican eel's most...

Atlantic herring
2007-04-03 00:29:38

The Atlantic herring, Clupea harengus, is the one of the most abundant species of fish on the planet. They can be found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean congregating together in large schools (or swarms). They can grow up to 17.72 in (45 cm) in length and weigh more than 1.1 lb (0.5 kg). They feed on copepods, krill and small fish, and their natural predators are seals, whales, cod and other...

Wolf herring
2007-03-26 14:05:51

The Wolf herrings are a family (Chirocentridae) of two marine species of ray-finned fish related to the herrings. Both species have elongated bodies and jaws with long sharp teeth that facilitate their ravenous appetites, mostly for other fish. Both species reach a length of 3.28 ft (1 m). They have silvery sides and bluish backs. They are commercially fished, and marketed fresh or frozen.

Basking shark
2007-03-19 15:01:39

The Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, is the second largest fish after the whale shark. The basking shark is a cosmopolitan species - it is found in all the world's temperate oceans. It is a slow moving and generally harmless filter feeder. Like other large sharks, basking sharks are at risk of extinction due to a combination of low resilience and overfishing through increasing demands for...

Flabby whalefish
2007-03-19 14:54:47

Flabby whalefish are small, deep-sea cetomimiform fish of the family Cetomimidae. They are among the most deep-living fish known, with some species recorded at depths in excess of 2.17 mi (3.5 km). Within the family are nine genera and 20 species. Thought to have a circumglobal distribution throughout the Southern Hemisphere, Flabby whalefish are the most diverse family of whalefish. The...

Pilot fish
2007-03-12 21:19:07

The Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) is a carnivorous fish that is a horse mackerel and belongs to the Carangidae family of fishes. It is widely distributed and lives in warm or tropical open seas. The Pilot fish is known for following large vessels and sharks, where it feeds on parasites and leftovers. Its relationship with sharks has been described as nearly symbiotic: it is extremely rare...

Grey brotula
2007-02-25 21:22:49

The Grey brotula or Orange cusk eel, Bidenichthys consobrinus, is a cusk eel of the genus Bidenichthys, found around northern New Zealand from shallow depths to about 82.02 ft (25 m), in rock pools and reef areas of broken rock. Their length is between 1.57 and 2.36 in (4 and 6 cm). The Grey brotula is a small cod-like fish, very similar to the Fleshfish, with long dorsal and anal fins and a...

Flashlight fish
2007-02-21 15:14:11

The term Flashlight fish can either refer to a family of fish, the Anomalopidae, also known as the Lanterneye fish or any one of a number of individual species, most but not all within that family, most commonly to the Flashlight fish Photoblepharon steinitzi. The family Anomalopidae is in the order Beryciformes, the Sawbellies. There are some unrelated fish that show similar phenomena to...

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