Body long, very compressed, deep anteriorly, tapering to a very narrow tail base; eyes large, mouth very protrusible; dorsal fin long-based, extending from top of head to tail, with a high crest at the front in young, crest reducing in size and finally lost with growth; pelvic fins long and fan-like in juveniles, reduced to small tubercles in adults; anal fin absent. Body silvery, partly transparent; juveniles with several large black blotches on either side, usually 3-4 above lateral line, 1-2 below; fins scarlet. To more than 2 m.
These fishes are most often taken in deepwater trawls, but are occasionally sighted at the ocean surface or found stranded ashore after storms.
Usually pelagic in deeper oceanic waters, to depth of 1000 m.
South-western Pacific Ocean, including Australia.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed