General: Distinguished by distinctively large, terminal fins that are as long or even longer than the body length and equally as wide.
Ocean range (global): Eastern to central Pacific Ocean, in tropical to subtropical waters.
Habitat description: Mesopelagic.
Key visual features: Looks like they have bent "elbows."
ReferencesEncyclopedia of Life
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National Center for Biotechnology Information
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Citation: Magnapinna pacifica (Vecchione and Young, 1998) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Magnapinna%20pacifica. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-12-05.