|Atlantic wreckfish, Polyprion americanus|
They are deep-water marine fish and can be found on the ocean bottom, where they inhabit caves and shipwrecks (thus their common name). Their scientific name is from Greek poly meaning "many" and prion meaning "saw", a reference to their prominent spiny fins.
There are four species in two genera:
- Genus Polyprion Oken, 1817
- Genus Stereolepis Ayres, 1859
- Richard van der Laan; William N. Eschmeyer & Ronald Fricke (2014). "Family-group names of Recent fishes". Zootaxa. 3882 (2): 001–230.
- J. S. Nelson; T. C. Grande; M. V. H. Wilson (2016). Fishes of the World (5th ed.). Wiley. pp. 430–467. ISBN 978-1-118-34233-6.
- "Wreckfish". British Sea Fishing. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Polyprion americanus" in FishBase. December 2019 version.
- Sedberry, George R.; et al. (1999). "Wreckfish Polyprion americanus in the North Atlantic: fisheries, biology, and management of a widely distributed and long-lived fish" (PDF). American Fisheries Society Symposium. 23: 27–50. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2019). "Polyprionidae" in FishBase. December 2019 version.