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Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish; Australian hairtail; Common hairtail; Cutlass fish; Cutlassfish; Grey ribbon fish; Hair tail; Hairtail; Large headed hairtail; Largehead hairtail; Large-head ribbonfish; Largeheaded ribbonfish; Pacific cutlassfish; Ribbon fish; Silverfish; Ribbonfish; Large-headed ribbonfish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The largehead hairtail (also beltfish), Trichiurus lepturus, is a member of the cutlassfish family, Trichiuridae. It is a long, slender fish found throughout the tropical and temperate oceans of the world. The Atlantic, East Pacific and Northwest Pacific populations are also known as Atlantic cutlassfish, Pacific cutlassfish and Japanese cutlassfish, respectively.
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Adult Weight [1]  6.063 lbs (2.75 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  15 years
Migration [2]  Amphidromous

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