Black scabbardfish (Aphanopus carbo)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound deep off the west coasts of Scotland and the Atlantic coasts of Ireland.
HabitatThe black scabbardfish is a bathypelagic species inhabiting continental slopes from depths of 200 m to over 1500 m. It often migrates further up the water column at night.
- Very elongate body up to 1.1 m in length.
- Body tapers towards a narrow tail with a small forked tail fin.
- One continuous dorsal and anal fin running along the posterior end.
- Large dark snout with conspicuous teeth.
- Pelvic fins absent in the adult.
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