Berycidae

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Berycidae
Beryx decadactylus.jpg
Alfonsino (Beryx decadactylus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beryciformes
Family: Berycidae
R. T. Lowe, 1843
Genera[1]

Beryx
Centroberyx

The Berycidae are a small family of deep-sea fishes, related to the squirrelfishes. The family includes the alfonsinos and the nannygais.

Berycids are found in both temperate and tropical waters around the world, between 10 and 1,300 m (33 and 4,265 ft) in depth, though mainly greater than 100 m (330 ft). They are typically red in colour, and measure up to 60 cm (24 in) in length. Distinguishing features include spiny scales and large eyes and mouths.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Berycidae" in FishBase. October 2012 version.
  2. ^ Paxton, John R. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 161. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.