Oplegnathus

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Oplegnathus
Temporal range: Early Miocene to present[1]
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O. fasciatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Oplegnathidae
Bleeker, 1853
Genus: Oplegnathus
J. Richardson, 1840
Type species
Oplegnathus conwaii
J. Richardson, 1840
Synonyms
  • Scaradon Temminck & Schlegel, 1844
  • Ichthyorhamphos Castelnau, 1861
  • Scarostoma Kner, 1867

Oplegnathus is currently the sole recognized genus in the knifejaw family (Oplegnathidae) of marine perciform fishes.[2] The largest, the Cape knifejaw, can reach a maximum length of about 90 cm (35 in). Knifejaws have teeth fused into a parrot-like beak in adulthood. They feed on barnacles and mollusks, and are fished commercially. They are native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Species[edit]

The currently recognized species in this genus are:[3]

Timeline[edit]

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

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. (2014). "Oplegnathidae" in FishBase. February 2014 version.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2014). Species of Oplegnathus in FishBase. February 2014 version.