Trichiuridae - cutlassfishes

Cutlassfishes are long silvery ribbon-like (compressed) fishes with many canine-like teeth. The lower jaw protrudes past the upper jaw. Teeth in the upper jaw are longer and fang-like. The pelvic, anal and caudal fins as well as scales are absent. They are voracious predators. In Texas they are sold as bait for large offshore fishes. Although mostly caught in shrimp trawls, they occasionally will take a baited hook.