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
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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