Oarfish, Regalecus glesne Ascanius 1772

Other Names: Giant Oarfish, King of Herrings, King-of-the-herrings, Oar Fish, Oar-fish, Pacific Oarfish, Streamer Fish

An Oarfish, Regalecus glesne, stranded at Aramoana Spit, Otago, New Zealand, April 2015. Source: John Barkla / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

An extremely long, compressed silvery to silvery-blue fish with blotches and wavy markings and pink to reddish fins.

Video of an Oarfish filmed by an ROV in deep water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Video of an Oarfish in shallow water - Baja, California.

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Dianne J. Bray, Regalecus glesne in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 May 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1506

Oarfish, Regalecus glesne Ascanius 1772


Benfield, M.C., S. Cook, S. Sharuga & M.M. Valentine. 2013. Five in situ observations of live oarfish Regalecus glesne (Regalecidae) by remotely operated vehicles in the oceanic waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Fish Biology: Article first published online: 5 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12144http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/doi/10.1111/jfb.12144/pdf

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CAAB Code:37272002

Depth:to 1000 m

Habitat:Pelagic, mesopelagic

Max Size:1,100 cm TL; 272 kg

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