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Melanonus gracilis (Pelagic cod).gif
Pelagic cod (M. gracilis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Melanonidae
Genus: Melanonus
Günther, 1878

Melanonus is a genus of gadiform fishes containing just two species of cod-like marine fishes. This is the only genus in the family Melanonidae.

Both species are small fish, no more than 15 cm (5.9 in) in length, and are black in colour. They live in the midwaters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, well away from coasts.[1]


The currently recognized species in this genus are: [2]


  1. ^ Cohen, Daniel M. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Melanonus in FishBase. June 2012 version.