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This species is the world's longest bony fish, reaching a record length of 11 m (36 ft) however, unconfirmed specimens of up to 17 m (56 ft) have been reported. It is commonly measured to 3 m (9.8 ft) in total length. The maximum recorded weight of a giant oarfish is 270 kg (600 lb). Its shape is ribbonlike, narrow laterally, with a dorsal fin along its entire length from between its eyes to the tip of its tail. The fin rays are soft and may number up to 400 or more. At the head of the fish, the rays are lengthened forming a distinctive red crest. Its pectoral and pelvic fins are nearly adjacent. The pectoral fins are stubby while the pelvic fins are long, single-rayed, and reminiscent of an oar in shape, widening at the tip. Its head is small with the protrusible jaw typical of lampriformes it has 40 to 58 gill rakers, and no teeth. The organs of the giant oarfish are concentrated toward the head end of the body, possibly enabling it to survive losing large portions of its tail. It has no swim bladder. The liver of R. glesne is orange or red, the likely result of astaxanthin in its diet. The lateral line begins above and behind the eye then, descending to the lower third of the body, extends to the caudal tip.

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Animalia: Chordata: Lampriformes: Actinopterygii: Regalecidae: Regalecus glesne

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