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Gigantactis gargantua
Gigantactis vanhoeffeni.jpg
Gigantactis vanhoeffeni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lophiiformes
Family: Gigantactinidae
Genus: Gigantactis
A. B. Brauer, 1902

Gigantactis is a genus of deep-sea fish of the family Gigantactinidae. The species in this genus are poorly known and found in all oceans, at depths of 1,000–2,500 metres (3,300–8,200 ft). The most striking feature of these fish is extremely enlarged first filament of dorsal fin, called the illicium, with bioluminescent photophore at its end.


There are currently 19 recognized species in this genus: [1]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Gigantactis in FishBase. April 2012 version.