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Sand-diving lizardfishes
Pseudotrichonotus altivelis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Aulopiformes
Family: Pseudotrichonotidae
Genus: Pseudotrichonotus
Yoshino & Araga, 1975

Pseudotrichonotus is a small genus of aulopiform fish consisting of just two species, commonly called sandliving lizardfishes or sand-diving lizardfishes. This is the only genus in the family Pseudotrichonotidae.[1]

As their scientific name suggests, they physically resemble the sandfish (genus Trichonotus). They are small fish, about 9 cm (3.5 in) long, living on sandy sea floors in the southeastern Pacific, and are related to the true lizardfishes.[2]


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


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Pseudotrichonotidae" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  2. ^ Johnson, R.K. & Eschmeyer, W.N. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Pseudotrichonotidae in FishBase. April 2012 version.