Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Zeiformes  
 Family Parazenidae  
 Genus Parazen  
  Parazen pacificus  Kamohara, 1935 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2003);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Character: Body oblong and compressed. Eye large, its diameter greater than snout length. Mouth large, oblique, the upper jaw highly protrusile; jaws with 1 or 2 rows of short, slender, conical teeth; similar teeth on vomer; maxilla exposed posteriorly; no supramaxilla; posteroventral corner of preopercle without retrorse spine. Gill rakers short and flattened, 1 on upper limb and 4 to 6 on lower limb of first arch (not counting rudiments). Two dorsal fins, the first with VI to VIII slender spines, the second dorsal fin with 27 to 29 soft rays; anal fin with I small spine and 28 to 34 soft rays; caudal fin forked, with 11 segmented rays and 9 branched rays; pectoral fins much shorter than head, with 12 to 16 rays; pelvic fins with 1 unbranched soft ray and 6 branched soft rays, no spine. Two lateral lines anteriorly, merging to a single line on the caudal peduncle. Head naked; body scales moderate in size, deciduous and weakly ctenoid. Vertebrae 12 + 22 = 34. Body reddish silver. 
Habitat: Caught with trawls in depths of 150 to 600 m. Biology unknown. 
Distribution: Western Central Atlantic: northern Cuba. Indo-West Pacific: Natal (South Africa), Japan, and Taiwan; Chesterfield Island. It is very rare and only found in souyhern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Uncommon deep-sea fishes of no commercial importance. 
Name Code: 383063
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