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Giant wrymouth (C. giganteus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cryptacanthodidae
T. N. Gill, 1861
Genus: Cryptacanthodes
D. H. Storer (fr), 1839
Type species
Cryptacanthodes maculatus
D. H. Storer, 1839
Synonyms [1]
  • Cryptacanthoides Lindberg, 1930
  • Delolepis T. H. Bean, 1882
  • Lyconectes C. H. Gilbert, 1896
  • Pseudophidium Gratzianov, 1907
  • Zoarcites Zugmayer, 1914

Cryptacanthodes is a genus of perciform fishes commonly referred to as wrymouths. They are mostly found in the Pacific Ocean with one species native to the Atlantic Ocean where they are benthic fishes, tunneling through soft substrates. It is currently the only known genus in its family.[2]


The currently recognized species in this genus are:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ California Academy of Sciences; Catalog of Fishes; Synonyms of Cryptacanthodes
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Cryptacanthodidae" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Cryptacanthodes in FishBase. April 2013 version.

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