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Dolloidraco longedorsalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Notothenioidei
Family: Artedidraconidae
Eakin, 1988

The Artedidraconidae, barbeled plunderfishes, are a family of marine perciform fishes comprising four genera.[1] Artedidraconidae are endemic to deep waters off Antarctica. The operculum carries a hook-shaped spine and four or five hypurals are present. Artedidraconidae have 33 to 41 vertebrae.[1] The name Artedidraconidae is derived from a combination of Artedi (from Peter Artedi, the "father of ichthyology") and the Greek drakōn (δράκων, dragon).[1] A mental barbel is a characteristic of this family; the morphology of this barbel is variable with the species.[2] Species of Artedidraconidae are said to have speciated sympatrically.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Artedidraconidae" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ a b Lombarte, Antoni; Ignacio Olaso; Anna Bozzano (2003). "Ecomorphological trends in the Artedidraconidae (Pisces: Perciformes: Notothenioidei) of the Weddell Sea" (PDF). 15 (2). Antarctic Science: 211–218. doi:10.1017/S0954102003001196. Retrieved 7 March 2010.