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Alepisaurus ferox (Wolffish; Pacific lancetfish; Longsnouted lancetfish; Longsnout lancetfish; Longnose lancetfish; Long snouted lancetfish; Lancetfish; Lancet fish; Handsaw-fish; Handsaw fish; Day sarpon)

Synonyms: Alepidosaurus aesculapius; Alepidosaurus borealis; Alepidosaurus poeyi; Alepidosaurus serra; Alepisaurus altivelis; Alepisaurus azureus; Alepisaurus borealis; Alepisaurus richardsonii; Plagyodus aesculapius; Plagyodus borealis
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Wikipedia Abstract

The long-snouted lancetfish or cannibal fish, Alepisaurus ferox, is a species of lancetfish found in the ocean depths down to 1,830 m (6,000 ft). This species grows to 215 cm (85 in) in total length and a weight of 9 kg (20 lb). They are sometimes taken as by-catch in tuna long-line fisheries, but are not a targeted species.It is often called the cannibal fish because numerous individuals have been caught after having devoured other lancetfish.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aleutian Islands Biosphere Reserve 2720489 Alaska, United States    
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve II 366714 British Columbia, Canada
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve II 137900 British Columbia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Alepisaurus ferox (Wolffish)[1]
Anoplogaster cornuta (Ogrefish)[1]
Antigonia rubescens (Sharpsnout deepsea boarfish)[1]
Architeuthis dux (giant squid)[2]
Architeuthis martensi <Unverified Name>[2]
Argonauta argo (greater argonaut)[3]
Argyropelecus gigas (greater silver hatchetfish)[3]
Bonapartia pedaliota (Longray fangjaw)[1]
Brachyscelus crusculum[3]
Carinaria lamarckii[1]
Charybdis smithii[3]
Chiasmodon niger (Black swallower)[3]
Citharoides macrolepis (largescale flatfish)[1]
Cololabis saira (Skipper)[1]
Cubiceps pauciradiatus (Bigeye cigarfish)[3]
Diplospinus multistriatus (Lined cutlassfish)[1]
Ectreposebastes imus (Midwater scorpionfish)[1]
Encrasicholina punctifer (Oceanic anchovy)[1]
Epigonus fragilis[1]
Erythrocles schlegelii (Japanese rubyfish)[1]
Eupronoe armata[1]
Eutaeniophorus festivus (Tapetail)[1]
Fistularia corneta (Deepwater cornetfish)[1]
Gempylus serpens (Snack mackerel)[1]
Janicella spinicauda[1]
Japetella diaphana[3]
Lactoria diaphana (Transparent boxfish)[1]
Liocranchia reinhardti[1]
Melanocetus johnsonii (Humpback anglerfish)[1]
Natosquilla investigatoris[3]
Nealotus tripes (Black Snake Mackerel)[1]
Ocythoe tuberculata (Tuberculate Pelagic Octopus)[2]
Omosudis lowii (Omosudid)[3]
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha (humpbacked salmon)[1]
Oncorhynchus keta (Calico salmon)[1]
Oncorhynchus nerka (sockeye salmon or kokanee)[1]
Onychoteuthis aequimanus[1]
Onykia carriboea (Tropical Clubhook Squid)[2]
Oplophorus gracilirostris[1]
Ornithoteuthis volatilis (shiny bird squid)[3]
Paradiplospinus gracilis (Slender escolar)[1]
Paralepis elongata (Barracudina)[1]
Parapronoe crustulum[3]
Parataeniophorus gulosus (Tapetail)[1]
Phrosina semilunata[3]
Platyscelus armatus[1]
Platyscelus ovoides[3]
Promethichthys prometheus (purple snake mackerel)[1]
Psenes cyanophrys (Blue driftfish)[1]
Pterycombus petersii (prickley pomfret)[1]
Rexea prometheoides (Southern kingfish)[1]
Rhynchactis leptonema (Deepsea anglerfish)[1]
Sardinops sagax (Australian pilchard)[1]
Setarches guentheri (Channeled rockfish)[1]
Sternoptyx diaphana (Diaphanous hatchet fish)[1]
Sternoptyx obscura (Marine hatchetfish)[1]
Sternoptyx pseudobscura (Hatchetfish)[1]
Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis (purpleback squid)[3]
Sudis hyalina (Barracudina)[1]
Taningia danae (Dana Octopus Squid)[2]
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)[1]
Thysanoteuthis rhombus (diamond squid)[2]
Vinciguerria nimbaria (World-wide bristle-mouth fish)[1]
Vitreledonella richardi (Glass Octopus)[1]
Walvisteuthis rancureli[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Arctocephalus pusillus (Brown Fur Seal)1
Brama caribbea (Caribbean pomfret)2
Callorhinus ursinus (Northern Fur Seal)1
Centroscymnus coelolepis (Portuguese shark)3
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)6
Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin)2
Hyperoodon planifrons (Southern Bottlenose Whale)1
Istiophorus albicans (Sailfish)1
Kajikia albida (Marlin)1
Kajikia audax (Stripey)1
Katsuwonus pelamis (White bonito)1
Makaira mazara (black spearfish)2
Makaira nigricans (Ocean guard)2
Mirounga angustirostris (Northern Elephant Seal)1
Orcinus orca (Killer Whale)1
Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale)4
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)3
Pseudorca crassidens (False Killer Whale)1
Pteroplatytrygon violacea (Pelagic stingray)1
Somniosus pacificus (Pacific Sleeper Shark)2
Sphyrna zygaena (Smooth hammerhead shark)3
Stenella attenuata (Pantropical Spotted Dolphin)5
Stenella coeruleoalba (Striped Dolphin)3
Steno bredanensis (Rough-toothed Dolphin)1
Tetrapturus pfluegeri (Longbill spearfish)1
Thunnus alalunga (longfinned albacore)7
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)12
Thunnus maccoyii (Tunny)1
Thunnus obesus (Tuna)4
Thunnus thynnus (horse mackerel)2
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)8

Predators

Alepisaurus ferox (Wolffish)[1]
Berardius bairdii (Baird's Beaked Whale)[1]
Brama caribbea (Caribbean pomfret)[1]
Gadus macrocephalus (Pacific cod)[1]
Kajikia albida (Marlin)[4]
Lamna ditropis (Salmon shark)[5]
Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark)[6]
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)[1]
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)[3]
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)[7]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Botulus cablei <Unverified Name>[8]
Botulus microporus[8]
Pelichnibothrium speciosum[8]
Tentacularia coryphaenae[8]

Distribution

Agulhas Current; Alaska (USA); Andaman Sea; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Australia; Azores Islands; Bay of Bengal; Benguela Current; California Current; Canada; Canary Current; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Chile; China; Circumglobal: Western Pacific (Ref. 6885, 7300); Eastern Pacific: from the Aleutian Islands to Chile, also (Ref. 2850); Western Atlantic: Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, also (Ref. 7251); Eastern Atlantic (Ref. 4059). Indian Oc; Circumglobal: Western Pacific (Ref. 6885, 7300); Eastern Pacific: from the Aleutian Islands to Chile, also (Ref. 2850); Western Atlantic: Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, also (Ref. 7251); Eastern Atlantic (Ref. 4059). Indian Ocean (Ref. 57630). Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). South China Sea and East China Sea (Ref.74511).; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; East Bering Sea; East Brazil Shelf; East Central Australian Shelf; East China Sea; East Greenland Shelf/Sea; Ecuador; El Salvador; Faeroe Islands; Faroe Plateau; French Guiana; Greenland; Guatemala; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; Humboldt Current; Iberian Coastal; Iceland; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Ireland; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Juan Fernández Islands; Kuril Islands; Kuroshio Current; Madeira Islands; Maldives; Mauritius; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Namibia; New Caledonia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Nicaragua; North Australian Shelf; North Brazil Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Oyashio Current; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Panama; Peru; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Réunion; Saint Helena; Sea of Okhotsk; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; South China Sea; Southwest Chilean Waters; Suriname; Taiwan; Tasman Sea; Thailand; Trinidad and Tobago; USA (contiguous states); United Kingdom; Venezuela; West Bering Sea; West Greenland Shelf; Yellow Sea;

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 2CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database 3Forage fauna in the diet of three large pelagic fishes (lancetfish, swordfish and yellowfin tuna) in the western equatorial Indian Ocean, Michel Potier, Francis Marsac, Yves Cherel, Vincent Lucas, Richard Sabatié, Olivier Maury and Frédéric Ménard, Fisheries Research 83 (2007) 60–72 4Preliminary Investigation of the Diets of Large Oceanic Pelagic Species of Importance to the Longline Fishery in Barbados, MARLYN RAWLINS, HAZEL A. OXENFORD, and PAUL FANNING, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 58, (2007), p. 243-249 5Predation by Salmon Sharks (Lamna ditropis) on Pacific Salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) in the North Pacific Ocean, Kazuya Nagasawa, NPAFC Bulletin No. 1 pp. 419-433 (1998) 6Analysis of stomach contents of the porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus Bonnaterre) in the northwest Atlantic, W. N. Joyce, S. E. Campana, L. J. Natanson, N. E. Kohler, H. L. Pratt Jr, and C. F. Jensen, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 59: 1263–1269. 2002 7Feeding ecology and niche segregation in oceanic top predators off eastern Australia, Jock W. Young, Matt J. Lansdell, Robert A. Campbell, Scott P. Cooper, Francis Juanes, Michaela A. Guest, Mar Biol (2010) 157:2347–2368 8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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