Driftfish

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Driftfishes
Psenes pellucidus.jpg
Bluefin driftfish, Psenes pellucidus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Nomeidae
Günther, 1860
Genera[1]

Nomeidae, the driftfishes are a family of perciform fishes found in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. The largest species, such as the Cape fathead, Cubiceps capensis, reach 1 m in length.

Several species are found in association with siphonophores such as the Portuguese man o' war; the man-of-war fish, Nomeus gronovii, is known to eat its tentacles and gonads, as well as feeding on other jellyfishes. Other species of driftfishes are associated with the floating seaweed Sargassum. The Cape fathead feeds mainly on salps. Some species of Cubiceps are occasionally caught on pelagic longlines set for swordfish.

Man-of-war fish, Nomeus gronovii
Silver driftfish, Psenes maculatus

Timeline of genera[edit]

Quaternary Neogene Paleogene Holocene Pleist. Plio. Miocene Oligocene Eocene Paleocene Cubiceps Psenes Quaternary Neogene Paleogene Holocene Pleist. Plio. Miocene Oligocene Eocene Paleocene

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2014). "Nomeidae" in FishBase. February 2014 version.