Lepturacanthus savala

Savalai hairtail
Preserved Savalai hairtail (left) with a remora (right)
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Trichiuridae
Genus: Lepturacanthus
Species: L. savala
Binomial name
Lepturacanthus savala
(Cuvier, 1828)
  • Trichiurus armatus Gray, 1831


The Savalai hairtail, Lepturacanthus savala, also known as Small-head hairtail, is a species of snapper native to the Indian Ocean and into the west Pacific Ocean as far east as Australia. They inhabit deep waters at depths from 100 m (330 ft). The maximum length is 100.0 cm (39.4 in), and weight reaches 11.0 kg (24.3 lb). The fish comes surface of the water at night to catch small fish, and crustaceans, specially the prawns.[2]


  1. http://eol.org/pages/205221/names/synonyms
  2. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Lepturacanthus savala" in FishBase. March 2015 version.
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