Girish Mahajan

Crestfish

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Kingdom  Animalia
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Family
Scientific name  Lophotidae
Higher classification  Lampriformes
Order  Lampriformes
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Similar  Lampriformes, Lophotus lacepede, Unicorn crestfish, North Pacific crestfish, Veliferidae

Crestfishes, family Lophotidae, are lampriform fishes found in most oceans. It consists of two extant and one or two extinct genera.

They are elongated, ribbon-like fishes, silver in color, found in deep tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Their scientific name is from Greek lophos meaning "crest" and refer to the crest (part of the dorsal fin) that emerges from the snout and head; this structure gives them their other name of unicorn fishes.

The extant genera all possess ink sacs that open into their cloacae from which they can produce a cloud of black ink when threatened (as in many cephalopods).

References

Crestfish Wikipedia


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