Trachipterus arcticus (BrĂ¼nnich, 1788)
Dealfish
Trachipterus arcticus
photo by Backer, J.

Family:  Trachipteridae (Ribbonfishes)
Max. size:  300 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 300 - 600 m
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic: Norway and Iceland to Madeira Islands; one report from Spain in the Mediterranean. Western Atlantic: New York to southern Florida in USA. Populations in western Atlantic are probably a separate species (Ref. 7251).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Probably solitary although occasional aggregations have been reported, either for feeding or breeding purposes. Feeds on small fishes and squids (Ref. 6392). Sexually mature at a length of 200cm and an age of 14 years (Ref. 35388). Eggs, larvae, and young are pelagic (Ref. 6392).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 06.04.10
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 05.09.94

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