Maurolicus

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"Pearlside" redirects here. This may also refer to the related Argyripnus iridescens.
Pearlsides
Temporal range: Miocene to Present
Maurolicus muelleri (Pearlsides).gif
Mueller's Pearlside, Maurolicus muelleri
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Stomiiformes
Family: Sternoptychidae
Subfamily: Maurolicinae
Genus: Maurolicus
Cocco, 1838
Diversity
15 species

Maurolicus is an oceanic ray-finned fish genus which belongs in the family Sternoptychidae. They are commonly known as pearlsides, but the brilliant pearlside is the related Argyripnus iridescens. Occasionally, "bristle-mouth fishes" is used as a common name, but that usually refers to the genus Argyripnus or the family Gonostomatidae.

Species[edit]

There are currently 15 recognized species in this genus:[1]

Fossils of pearlsides are known from the Miocene.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Maurolicus in FishBase. February 2012 version.
  2. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002): [Maurolicus]. In: A compendium of fossil marine animal genera. Bulletin of American Paleontology 364: 560. HTML database excerpt