Retropinnidae

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Retropinnidae
Retropinna retropinna (New Zealand smelt).gif
New Zealand smelt, Retropinna retropinna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Retropinnidae
Genera

Prototroctes
Retropinna
Stokellia

Retropinnidae is a family of bony fishes that contains the Southern Hemisphere smelts and graylings. They are closely related to the northern smelts (Osmeridae), which they greatly resemble, but not to the northern graylings (Thymallus). Species from this family are only found in southeastern Australia and New Zealand. Although a few species are partly marine, most inhabit fresh or brackish water.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Retropinnidae" in FishBase. February 2012 version.