Ctenoluciidae

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Ctenoluciidae
Ctenolucius hujeta 2.jpg
Ctenolucius hujeta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Superfamily: Erythrinoidea
Family: Ctenoluciidae

The Ctenoluciidae (meaning "comb light family"), also known as pike-characins, are a small family of freshwater fishes from Panama and South America.

They have elongated, pike-like bodies, and several sharp and conical teeth. They are relatively large (up to 1 m (3.3 ft) in length), predatory fish.[1]

Some of these fish, such as Ctenolucius hujeta, enter the aquarium fish hobby, often being labeled a "freshwater barracuda" or "freshwater needlefish", descriptions of fish that are both unrelated to members of this family.

Genera[edit]

The two genera in this group are:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weitzman, S.H. & Vari, R.P. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 102. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). "Ctenoluciidae" in FishBase. October 2011 version.
  • Nelson, Joseph S. (2006). Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-25031-7