Family Trichiuridae (order Perciformes)
Description: group of long, thin-bodied fishes found in
tropical and subtropical oceans, mostly in deep water. The cutlass fish
has a pointed snout, a long dorsal (back) fin that extends the length of
its body, and a tapered thin tail. Its numerous teeth are large and
Where found: INSHORE and OFFSHORE, representatives occur in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.
Remarks: They are carnivorous, feeding primarily on other fishes, and have enlarged mouths and sharp, pointed teeth. One species (Trichiurus lepturus) attains a maximum length of 1.5 m (5 feet). The family consists of 10 genera and about 40 species