Trachipterus trachypterus

name = "Trachipterus trachypterus"

image_caption = Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Lampriformes
familia = Trachipteridae
genus = "Trachipterus"
species = "T. trachypterus"
binomial = "Trachipterus trachypterus"
binomial_authority = (Gmelin, 1789)

"Trachipterus trachypterus", is a ribbonfish of the family Trachipteridae, found in tropical and subtropical seas worldwide. Its length is up to 3 m.

This ribbonfish is similar to the oarfish, but can be distinguished by its large fan-like caudal fin, usually held in a highly elevated position, and by its shorter, five rayed pelvic fins. It swims with its head up.

This rare mesopelagic species is silver in colour with a few irregular dark spots, and pink fins. It feeds on squid and midwater fishes.


* Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, "Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand", (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8

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