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Belted beard grunt Hapalogenys mucronatus.jpg
Broad-banded Velvetchin (H. analis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Family: Hapalogenyidae
V. G. Springer & Raasch, 1965
Genus: Hapalogenys
J. Richardson, 1844
Type species
Hapalogenys nitens
J. Richardson, 1844

Hapalogenys is the only genus in the family Hapalogenyidae, the barbeled grunters,. The species of this genus are found in depths between 30 and 230 m in coastal areas and river mouths from the shores of southern Japan to the Bay of Bengal and Northwestern Australia.[1]

Recent studies have shown they are closely related to the Lobotidae family.[2]


There are currently seven recognized species in this genus:[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Hapalogenys in FishBase. August 2013 version.
  2. ^ Jeffrey M. Leis & Anthony C. Gill: Tigerfishes, Tripletails, and Velvetchins form a clade: Morphological evidence from adults and larvae.
  3. ^ a b Mohapatra, A., Ray, D. & Kumar, V. (2013): A new fish species of the Genus Hapalogenys (Perciformes: Hapalogenyidae) from the Bay of Bengal, India. Zootaxa, 3718 (4): 367–377.

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