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Temporal range: Miocene to Present[1]
Lithognathus mormyrus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sparidae
Genus: Lithognathus
Swainson, 1839 [2]

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Lithognathus is a marine fish genus in the Sparidae family. They are primarily found in coastal regions in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia and Angola), but L. mormyrus also occurs in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Bay of Biscay and off various islands in the northeast Atlantic. Depending on the exact species involved, they reach a maximum length of between 26 and 200 cm (10 and 79 in).


The World Register of Marine Species lists the following four species :[2]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b Bailly, Nicolas (2014). "Lithognathus Swainson, 1839". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2015-05-24.