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lancetfish, lancet fish, wolffish(noun)
large elongate scaleless oceanic fishes with sharp teeth and a long dorsal fin that resembles a sail
A voracious deep-sea fish in the genus Alepidosaurus, having long, lancet-like teeth.
Origin: Derivative from lancet.
Lancetfishes are large oceanic predatory fishes in the genus Alepisaurus, the only living genus in the family Alepisauridae. Lancetfishes grow up to 2 metres in length. Very little is known about their biology, even though they are widely distributed in all oceans, except the polar seas. Specimens have been recorded as far north as Greenland. They are often caught as by-catch for vessels long-lining for tuna. The generic name is from Greek a- meaning "without", lepis meaning "scale", and sauros meaning "lizard".
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