Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lampridiformes  
 Family Regalecidae  
 Genus Regalecus  
  Regalecus russelii  (Cuvier, 1816) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Cephalepis octomaculatusCepola gladiusGymnetrus ascaniiGymnetrus banksiiGymnetrus capensisGymnetrus gladiusGymnetrus grilliiGymnetrus hawkeniiGymnetrus longiradiatusGymnetrus russeliiGymnetrus telum details
Citation:
Roberts, T. R. 2012. Systematics, biology, and distribution of the species of the oceanic oarfish genus Regalecus (Teleostei, Lampridiformes, Regalecidae). Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (N. S.) (Série A) Zoologie v. 202: 1-268.
Character: Body extremely elongate, compressed. Upper jaw highly protrusible, maxilla broad; teeth minute in both jaws. Dorsal fin very long, extending along entire body to tail; First 8 to 10 dorsal-fin extremely elongate, consisting of 4 to 6 elongate, flexible spines, inserting above eye; tptal dorsal-fin rays 345-365. Anal fin absent. Caudal fin usually absent in large specimens. Pelvic-fin rays have specialized sensory capability, with cells that resemble taste-buds on their fleshy tabs. Scales absent, except for tubular lateral-line scales. Body silver with obliqe dusky bars; fins deep, crimson-red. 
Habitat: A rare species mainly offshore, sometimes drifting to coastal regions. Feed on deep sea shrimps, small fish,and squid. The eggs are free-floating, large, and red. Little known of their habits and reproductive ecology. 
Distribution: May be in Indo-Pacific. It very rare and only found in northwestern and eastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial importance.  
Name Code: 381133
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