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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Aplodactylidae
Bleeker, 1859
Genus: Aplodactylus
Valenciennes, 1832


Aplodactylus is a genus of perciform fishes, the marblefishes, native to southern Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and Chile.[1] They are also known as sea carps.[2] This genus is the sole genus in the family Aplodactylidae.


The genus name, meaning "simple finger" (Greek aploe + daktylos), refers to some rays of the pectoral fins having a simple form.[3] An emendation to Haplodactylus ("single finger", from Greek haploos) by Agassiz has been ruled as being unjustified.[1][4]


The five currently recognized species in this genus are:[5]


  1. ^ a b Barry C. Russell, Review of the southern temperate fish family Aplodactylidae J. of Nat. Hist. v.34 p.2157 (2000).
  2. ^ Graham Edgar, Australian Marine Life 2nd Ed. (2012)
  3. ^ Cuvier and Valenciennes, Histoire naturelle des poissons, vol. 8 (1831). "Nous donnons à ce genre le nom d'aplodactyle, pour rappeler la forme simple de quelques-uns des rayons de la pectorale, et à l'espèce celui D'Aplodactyle ponctué. (Aplodactylus punctatus, nob.)"
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Aplodactylidae" in FishBase. January 2006 version.
  5. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Aplodactylus in FishBase. December 2012 version.