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Benthodesmus tenuis
Ribbon scabbardfish ( Benthodesmus tenuis ).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Trichiuridae
Genus: Benthodesmus
Goode & Bean, 1882 [1]
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Benthodesmus is a genus of fish in the Trichiuridae family. There are at least eleven species in this genus,[2][3] which are known as frostfish. These are not to be confused with Microgadus tomcod and Lepidopus caudatus also known as frostfish.


The World Register of Marine Species lists the following species:[1]


  • Denys W. Tucker B.Sc, F.Z.S. "The fishes of the genus Benthodesmus (Family Trichiuridae)". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London: Volume 123, Issue 1, pages 171–195, May 1953. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.1953.tb00163.x
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8