Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Lampriformes > Family: Regalecidae > Genus: Regalecus > Species: Regalecus glesne

Giant oarfish - Regalecus glesne Ascanius, 1772

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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
Airokala Finnish Fishbase
Brandfisch German Fishbase
Giant oarfish English Fishbase
Haringkoning Dutch Fishbase
Heringskonig German Fishbase
King of herrings English Fishbase
King of the herring English Fishbase
Oarfish English Fishbase
Pez remo Spanish Fishbase
Relangueiro Portuguese Fishbase
Rey de los arenques Spanish Fishbase
Ribbonfish English Fishbase
Riemenfisch German Fishbase
Roi des harengs French Fishbase
Síldakóngur Icelandic Fishbase
Sildekonge Danish Fishbase
Sildekonge Norwegian Fishbase
Sillkungen Swedish Fishbase
Wstegor królewski Polish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Regalecus remipes Brünnich, 1788
Cepola gladius Walbaum, 1792
Regalecus banksii (Valenciennes, 1835)
Regalecus pacificus Haast, 1878
Gymnetrus hawkenii Bloch, 1795
Gymnetrus grillii Lindroth, 1798
Gymnetrus ascanii Shaw, 1803
Cephalepis octomaculatus Rafinesque, 1810
Gymnetrus longiradiatus Risso, 1820
Gymnetrus gladius Valenciennes, 1835
Gymnetrus banksii Valenciennes, 1835
Gymnetrus telum Valenciennes, 1835
Gymnetrus capensis Valenciennes, 1835
Regalecus caudatus Zugmayer, 1914

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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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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