|Atlantic wreckfish, Polyprion americanus|
See table for genera and species.
The wreckfish are a family, Polyprionidae, of perciform fish.
They are deep-water marine fish and can be found on the ocean bottom, where they inhabit caves and shipwrecks (thus their common name). Their scientific name is from Greek poly meaning "many" and prion meaning "saw", a references to their prominent spiny fins. They stay together in schools of at least five.
The fish is commonly known as chernia in Spanish-speaking Latin America.
In popular culture
The six species in two genera are:
|Genus||Binomial name and author||Common name|
Oken (ex Cuvier) 1817
|P. americanus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)||Atlantic wreckfish|
|P. moeone Phillipps, 1927||Bass groper|
|P. oxygeneios (Schneider & Forster, 1801)||Hapuku|
|P. yanezi de Buen, 1959|
|S. doederleini Lindberg & Krasyukova, 1969|
|S. gigas Ayres, 1859||Giant sea bass|