Codlet

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Codlets
Temporal range: 48–0Ma

Middle Eocene to present[1]
Bregmaceros atlanticus.jpg
Antenna codlet, Bregmaceros atlanticus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Bregmacerotidae
T. N. Gill, 1872
Genus: Bregmaceros
W. Thompson ex Cantor, 1840
Species

See text.

Codlets are a family, Bregmacerotidae, of cod-like fishes, containing the single genus Bregmaceros found in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. They are very small fishes: the big-eye unicorn-cod, B. rarisquamosus, reaches no more than 1.5 cm (0.59 in), and even the largest, B. lanceolatus, reaches only 11.5 cm (4.5 in).

Etymology[edit]

Their scientific name is from Greek bregma meaning the top of the head, and keras meaning "horn"; this refers to their occipital ray (a spine emerging from the top of the head).

Species[edit]

Currently, 14 species in this genus are recognized: [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: p.560. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Bregmaceros in FishBase. April 2012 version.