Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Chiasmodontidae  
 Genus Chiasmodon  
  Chiasmodon niger  Johnson, 1864 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Chiasmodon bolangeriChiasmodon braueriChiasmodus nigerPonerodon vastator  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishbase(2006);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.6(FAO, 2001)
Character: Body elongate. Head with elongate or rounded snout, longer than eye. Mouth large, premaxilla and maxilla non-protractile, slender, firmly connected distally, and extending well beyond posterior margin of eye. Both jaws with large and long cannine-like teeth, one or all of first 3 teeth longer than all teeth behind 3rd on both jaws. Two separate dorsal fins, first short with XI spines, second long with 29 soft rays; anal fin long with I spine and 26 to 28 soft rays. Body naked without spinoid scales. Photophores absent. Lateral line a series of obvious pores midlaterally along length of body. Body uniformly dark brown or black. 
Habitat: Mesopelagic to bathypelagic species. Feeds on whole fish, often of individuals longer than themselves. Most specimens were taken at depths greater than 750 m. 
Distribution: Widespread in the tropical and temperate waters. It is found in southwestern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 381622
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