Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Aulopiformes > Family: Alepisauridae > Genus: Alepisaurus > Species: Alepisaurus ferox

Lancetfish - Alepisaurus ferox Lowe, 1833

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Cavalo feroce French Fishbase
Cavalo ocelle French Fishbase
Conejo Spanish Fishbase
Lancetfish English Fishbase
Lancier longnez French Fishbase
Langsnudet skalpelfisk Danish Fishbase
Lanzón nariz larga Spanish Fishbase
Lanzón picudo Spanish Fishbase
Lírio-ferro Portuguese Fishbase
Longnose lancetfish English Fishbase
Sauro feroce Italian Fishbase
Somon-lup Romanian Fishbase
Stóri földungur Icelandic Fishbase
Wolffish English Fishbase
Zaglon Polish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Alepisaurus azureus Valenciennes, 1850
Alepisaurus richardsonii Bleeker, 1855
Alepisaurus altivelis Poey, 1860
Alepidosaurus poeyi Gill, 1863
Alepidosaurus borealis Gill, 1862
Alepidosaurus serra Gill, 1862
Alepidosaurus aesculapius Bean, 1883
Alepisaurus borealis Gill, 1862
Plagyodus borealis (Gill, 1862)
Plagyodus aesculapius (Bean, 1883)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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