Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Stephanoberyciformes  
 Family Cetomimidae  
 Genus Cetostoma  
  Cetostoma regani  Zugmayer, 1914 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Cetomimus reganiCetostomus regani  details
Citation: The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body soft and flabby, slender to robust, whale-shaped with median fins opposite and far posterior. Head very large; mucous cavities on top of head indistinct and covered by skin in undamaged specimens. Eyes tiny. Snout very long; nasal organ poorly developed. Mouth enormous, jaws extending far behind eye. Teeth tiny and closely set. Fins without spines; 1 dorsal fin with 29 to 37 soft rays; anal fin with 26 to 34 soft rays; pectoral fins with 20 or 21 rays; no pelvic fins; caudal fin with 9 + 7 principal rays. Lateral line very well developed, supported with internal scales; in most as a broad tube pierced by large pores. No external body scales. No photophores or apparent luminous tissue. Unique cavernous tissue around anus in most, over base of anal fin and other areas in many species. No pleural ribs. Total vertebrae 47to 53. Colour in life, brownish organe; fin rays and inside mouth reddish orange. 
Habitat: Normal diurnal distribution is between 700 and 1200 m. The shallowest diurnal capture (500-600 m) is of one of the smallest specimens (4.3 cm) and the deepest (1500-1600 m) is of one of the largest (20.4 cm), indicating a trend for the diurnal depth to in 
Distribution: Distributed in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean. It is very rare and only found in northeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Rare deep-sea fishes of no commercial importance. 
Name Code: 382928
  IUCN Red List:DD      Marine     
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