Trachipterus jacksonensis (Ramsay, 1881)
Blackflash ribbonfish
Trachipterus jacksonensis
photo by Vaske Jr., T.

 Family:  Trachipteridae (Ribbonfishes)
 Max. size:  220 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range - 1000 m, oceanodromous
 Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: South Africa and Reunion. Eastern Indian Ocean: southern Australia. Southwest Pacific: New Zealand. Southwest Atlantic: Brazil and Argentina.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 166-173. Silvery in color except for front of head, interorbital area, dorsal part of upper jaw, and tip of lower jaw which are black (Ref. 2713).
 Biology:  Oceanic and mesopelagic (Ref. 7300). Enters estuaries (Ref. 9563). Feeds on pelagic crustaceans (Ref. 27637); fishes, squids, urochordatans, and nematodes (Anisakidae) were found in the stomach of specimens caught off the coasts of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil (Ref. 56498).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 24.07.95
 Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 06.04.10
 Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 02.01.97

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