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Unicorn crestfish information, facts - classicanimal

Unicorn crestfish is a medium-sized, deepsea fish species. Those fish are a worldwide distributed species. It can found in the bathypelagic zone, at a depth of around 1000 meters. Unicorn crestfish one of the rarest fish species in the world. They are also known as 'Unicornfish'. It has a long silvery ribbon-like body with a horn.



Their scientific name is Eumecichthys fiski. They were named for their horn. They are also known as 'Unicornfish'.

Common Name: Unicorn crestfish
Scientific Name: Eumecichthys fiski
Other Name: Unicornfish


Unicorn crestfish belongs to the family Lophotidae and the genus of Eumecichthys. It is the only member of the genus Eumecichthys. It's a species of crestfish. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lampriformes
Family: Lophotidae
Genus: Eumecichthys
Species: E. fiski
Group: Fish
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Unicorn crestfish is found in Kalk Bay, South Africa, the sea of Japan, southwest Florida, Mexico, Hawaii, IndiaThey are habitat in the bathypelagic zone, at a depth of around 1000 meters.

Living Locations: Kalk Bay, South Africa, Sea of Japan, Southwest Florida
Habitat: Deepsea


Unicorn crestfish is a medium-sized fish species and its whole body cover with silver color scales. They have a ribbon-like body, a horn-like shape extending forward on the head, bright red fins, and some darker vertical bands along the body-sides. Usually, males are larger than females in size and weight. An adult length around 70 cm to 102 cm and the wingspan up to 121 cm to 160 cm. Their weight around 2.5 kg to 5 kg.

Color: Silver
Weight: 2 kg to 3 kg (Approx)
Size: 50 cm to 55 cm (Approx)


Unicorn crestfish are mainly part of the Omnivore diet, which means they eat meats and plants. They mostly eat fishes, sea plants. 

Diet: Omnivore
Favorite Food: Fishes, Sea plants


Unicorn crestfish have some natural predators like longnose lancetfish.

Predators: Longnose lancetfish


Unicorn crestfish is a nocturnal and solitary deepsea fish species.

Lifestyle: Nocturnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Unknown


At the age of 2 to 4 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. The young are called 'Larva'.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 2 to 4 Years
Incubation Period: Unknown
Baby called: Larva


  • They are the only member of the genus Eumecichthys.



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