Order LAMPRIDIFORMES


Common name: Crestfishes, Moonfishes, Oarfishes, Opahs, Ribbonfishes, Threadtails and Tube-eyes
Summary:

The Lampridiformes is a group of mostly pelagic fishes found worldwide in oceanic waters, usually between 100-1000 metres.

Species are morphologically diverse, with body forms ranging from very deep and compressed, to extremely long and ribbon-like. All have a highly protrusible upper jaw, due to a unique and unusual modification that allows both the premaxilla and maxilla to extend together when the upper jaw is protruded. Some species are best known from specimens washed ashore.

Recent molecular studies by Miya et al .(2007) indicate that the rare deep-sea famliy Stylephoridae does not belong in the Lampridiformes, but is more closely related to Gadiforme fishes.

Author: Dianne J. Bray

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Opahs, ribbonfishes, LAMPRIDIFORMES in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 Apr 2017, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/order/24

Order References


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