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Species: Evoxymetopon taeniatus, Channel Scabbardfish

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crest over eye to nape, head profile steep
eye not large, on side
D no notch, 81-88 elements, 1st spine not elongate
C small, forked
nostril a crescent
pelvic = I, 0, like a scale

Evoxymetopon taeniatus Gill, 1863

Channel Scabbardfish

from tip of snout to dorsal-fin origin, with a prominent longitudinal crest on nape; eye moderate sized, on mid-side of head; nostril is a crescent; mouth large, lower jaw slightly projecting; front of top jaw with several fangs, front of lower jaw with a pair of fangs; side teeth on both jaws conical, sharp; roof of mouth with a row of fine canines on each side, nothing in center; gill rakers spiny, 9-10+1+15-19 rakers; rear end of gill cover broadly rounded; dorsal fin elements 78-88; no notch between spines and rays, 1st spine not elongate; anal fin with 15 visible rays; 1st anal-fin spine scale-like in shape; pectorals low on side, triangular, lower rays longer; pelvic fins present, scale-like; a small forked caudal fin; lateral line straight, nearer lower body profile than upper profile.

Body silvery white, pale reddish brown on upper part; body with several yellowish stripes; dorsal fin membranes blackish at front; head and front of dorsal fin without blackish margins.

Reaches 205 cm


Depth range 100-385 m

West Atlantic and west Pacific; Bermuda to southern Brazil

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Atlantic + Pacific Oceans
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 205
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 385