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Lancetfish

There are two types of Lancetfish, the Longnose Lancetfish, Alepisaurus ferox, and the Shortnose Lancetfish, Alepisaurus brevirostris. Both of these species are Deep Sea Fish and have a very large dorsal fin, much like the Sailfish. This slender, but scary looking fish has sharp fangs along with its smaller choppers. Like the freshwater pike, Lancetfish are sit and wait predators, they feed on squid, salps, and other small fish. They are even known to turn cannibalistic and eat their own kind! You can check out a Lancetfish underwater in the video below...

Another strange fact about this relatively rare fish is that Lancetfish are to thought to be an aphrodisiac. These fish can grow up to around 6' in length, but are not considered a threat to human due to the extreme depths they are found. You can find these Lancetfish in every ocean except in the polar areas.

To check out the Lancetfish fish on video watch below...





3 comments:

Arash said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51TxUWstFQE&feature=quicklist

Arash said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TYfK7vnyoQ&feature=quicklist

1Green Thumb said...

Thanks Arash! I went ahead an embedded one of the videos into the post... Really do appreciate the help with this Lancetfish!!!

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