Scientific Name
Omosudis lowii  
Omosudis lowii錘頜魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Günther, 1887 Depth 100 - 1000M
Chinese 錘頜魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 帆蜥魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F195 Alepisauridae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 錘頜魚 
Max Length 23 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 錘頜魚 
Distribution in World global   Distribution in Taiwan North East 
Habitats Deep Sea、Coastal  Holotype Locality Philippine seas [western Pacific], Challenger station 214, depth 500 fathoms; Magdalena, Madeira [eastern Atlantic] 
Synonyms Omosudis lowei, Omosudis lowei funchali, Omosudis lowei indicus, Omosudis lowei var. indicus, Omosudis lowii var. indicus   
Reference Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);中國動物誌-燈籠魚目(陳等, 2002)  Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 陳素芝 編著 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0059790. ASIZP0059953.  
Common Name Hammerjaw 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body strongly compressed, moderately elongate. Head moderately long, deep. Eye moderate, round, lateral; adipose cover with dorsolateral opening. Snout large, longer than eye diameter. Mouth very large, jaws extending well beyond eye. Lower jaw deep, truncated, without fleshy tip. Jaws with fixed teeth in 1 row; upper jaw teeth small, lower jaw with at least 1 enormous fang and other variously enlarged canines; palatine teeth 1 to 4 enormous fangs, in 1 row; vomer and tongue toothless. Dorsal fin short based and low, with 9 to 12 rays; anal fin far posterior, with 13 to 16 rays. Lateral dermal keel present on caudal peduncle. Body completely scaleless, the skin smooth. Brownish above, sides silvery, a black band along mid-dorsal line of body.
habitats Probably swift swimmers, which can avoid nets, captured singly or in small groups. Carnivorous, feeds on squids and pelagic fishes. 
Distribution Worldwide in tropical and temperate waters. It found in northeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No commercial importance.