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Alepocephalus tenebrosus.jpg
California slickhead, Alepocephalus tenebrosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Argentiniformes
Family: Alepocephalidae
J. Richardson, 1856

Slickheads or nakedheads are a family, Alepocephalidae, of marine smelts. They are deep-water fishes most common below 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). They get their name from the lack of scales on the head. It has nineteen genera.


  • Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Alepocephalidae" in FishBase. October 2013 version.
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  • Byrkjedal, I., Poulsen, J.Y., & Galbraith, J. (2011). "Leptodermua macrophthalmum n.sp., a new species of smooth-head (Otocephala: Alepocephalidae) from the Mid Atlantic Ridge." Zootaxa 2876: 49-56.

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