Appearance and behavior
The rabbit fish can grow up to 1.5 m (5 ft) long, and weigh 2.5 kg (5.5 lb). The color is brown, with marmor-white stripes in all directions. The eyes are big with a green lens. The lateral line can be seen clearly on the head. On the dorsal fin, the rabbit fish has a mildy venomous spine that can cause painful stings.
Distribution and habitat
The rabbit fish lives at depths from 40 to 1,663 m (131–5,456 ft) with most records between 300 and 500 m (980–1,640 ft). They generally occur deeper in the southern part of the range than in the northern. Sick or dying fish are sometimes observed in shallow water. Its distribution is the northeastern Atlantic, from Morocco north to northern Norway and Iceland. They are also found in the Mediterranean, although rare in the eastern part and not known from the northern and central Adriatic Sea. Records from South Africa are considered questionable.
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