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Temporal range: 48–0 Ma

Middle Eocene to present[1]
Bregmaceros atlanticus.jpg
Antenna codlet, Bregmaceros atlanticus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Bregmacerotidae
T. N. Gill, 1872
Genus: Bregmaceros
W. Thompson ex Cantor, 1840

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Codlets are a family, Bregmacerotidae, of cod-like fishes, containing the single genus Bregmaceros found in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. They are very small fishes and even the largest, B. lanceolatus, reaches only 11.5 cm (4.5 in) in length.


Their scientific name is from Greek bregma meaning the top of the head, and keras meaning "horn"; this refers to their occipital ray (a spine emerging from the top of the head).


Currently, 14 species in this genus are recognized: [2]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: p.560. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Bregmaceros in FishBase. April 2012 version.