Threadfin bream

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Threadfin breams
Pentapodus emeryii.jpg
Double whiptail, Pentapodus emeryii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Nemipteridae
Regan, 1913
Genera[1]

The threadfin breams consist of the family Nemipteridae within the order Perciformes. They are also known as whiptail breams and false snappers.

They are found in tropical waters of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. Most species are benthic carnivores, preying on smaller fishes, cephalopods, crustaceans and polychaetes; however, a few species eat plankton.

Threadfin bream harbour parasites. A study conducted in New Caledonia has shown that the fork-tailed threadfin bream (Nemipterus furcosus) harboured 25 species of parasites, including nematodes, cestodes, digeneans, monogeneans, isopods, and copepods. None of these parasites is transmitted to humans.[2]

Ornate threadfin bream (Nemipterus hexodon) is often eaten deep-fried in Thai cuisine
Fork-tailed threadfin bream (Nemipterus furcosus) from off New Caledonia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2014). "Nemipteridae" in FishBase. February 2014 version.
  2. ^ Justine, JL.; Beveridge, I.; Boxshall, GA.; Bray, RA.; Miller, TL.; Moravec, F.; Trilles, JP.; Whittington, ID. (2012). "An annotated list of fish parasites (Isopoda, Copepoda, Monogenea, Digenea, Cestoda, Nematoda) collected from Snappers and Bream (Lutjanidae, Nemipteridae, Caesionidae) in New Caledonia confirms high parasite biodiversity on coral reef fish.". Aquat Biosyst 8 (1): 22. doi:10.1186/2046-9063-8-22. PMC 3507714. PMID 22947621.