Significance to humans

Stephanoberyciforms are not eaten and are therefore of little direct importance economically. Whalefishes are very numerous, and believed to form the most numerous fish species in terms of biomass in the bathypelagic zone 3,281-13,123 ft (1,000-4,000 m) in depth; therefore they are probably important food items of other commercial species, such as the orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus).

1. Hairyfish {Mirapinna esau); 2. Red whalefish {Barbourisia rufa); S. Longjaw bigscale {Scopeloberyx robustus); 4. Pricklefish {Stephanoberyx monae). {Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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