Sabertooth Fishes, Sabretooth Fishes
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John R. Paxton, Jennifer E. Gates & Douglass F. Hoese
The Evermannellidae were reviewed most recently by Johnson (1982), who recognised seven species in three genera worldwide. Three species in two genera are known from Australian waters. Swinney (1994) treated some species from the Atlantic.
Sabertooth fishes are mesopelagic in tropical and temperate waters to depths of 1000 m where they feed primarily on fishes and squids. They have dorsally oriented and semi-tubular or tubular eyes (except in Odontostomops normalops), a dorsal adipose fin and long and fang-like teeth. Maximum length is 18.5 cm.
Johnson, R.K. 1982. Fishes of the families Evermannellidae and Scopelarchidae: systematics, morphology, interrelationships and zoogeography. Fieldiana Zoology ns 12: 1-252 figs 1-74
Swinney, G.N. 1994. Comments on the Atlantic species of the genus Evermannella (Scopelomorpha, Aulopiformes, Evermannellidae) with a re-evaluation of the status of Evermannella melanoderma. Journal of Fish Biology 44(5): 809-819
Common Name References
Paxton, J.R. & Niem, V.H. 1999. Families Paralepididae, Anotopteridae, Evermannellidae, Omosudidae, Alepisauridae, Giganturidae. pp. 1948-1954 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 1397-2068 pp.  (FAO) (Sabertooth Fishes)