Notopogon

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Notopogon
Notopogon lilliei.jpg
Notopogon lilliei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gasterosteiformes
Family: Centriscidae
Genus: Notopogon
Regan, 1914
Species

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The bellowfishes or bellowsfishes are fishes in the genus Notopogon in the family Centriscidae.[1] They are found in deeper parts of the temperate southern oceans, although the longspine bellowfish has been recorded as far north as New Caledonia and Madagascar.[2] According to FishBase, they are part of the family Centriscidae, but some authorities split that family, in which case the genus Notopogon is in the family Macroramphosidae. They have long second spines on their dorsal fins and tiny mouths at the tip of their greatly elongated snouts. Their bodies are relatively high (giving them a somewhat hunchbacked appearance), unlike the related snipefishes. They reach a maximum length of about 34 cm (13 in), and are silvery or reddish in colour.

Species[edit]

The currently recognized species in this genus are:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2009). Species of Notopogon in FishBase. December 2009 version.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Notopogon in FishBase. October 2012 version.