Ariommas, Driftfish, Eyebrow Fishes, Eyebrow-fishes
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Douglass F. Hoese, Dianne J. Bray & John R. Paxton
The Ariommatidae are a small family currently, with one genus and about seven species (Nelson 2006). Few specimens have been collected from Australian waters, but two species from the single genus have been recorded.
Ariommatids occur worldwide, except for the eastern Pacific, in tropical and subtropical regions. They are pelagic and are found in deep water adjacent to land masses over the continental shelf and slope. Maximum size is 80 cm, but most are smaller.
Ariommatid species are dealt with in Haedrich (1967), Haedrich (1986), Horn (1972) and Piotrovskij (1987).
Haedrich, R.L. 1967. The stromateoid fishes; systematics and a classification. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard 135(2): 31-139 figs 1-56
Haedrich, R.L. 1986. Suborder Stromateoidei. pp. 841-851 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls.
Horn, M.H. 1972. Systematic status and aspects of the ecology of the elongate ariommid fishes (Suborder Stromateoidei) in the Atlantic. Bulletin of Marine Science 22(3): 537-558
Nelson, J.S. 2006. Fishes of the World. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 601 pp.
Piotrovsky, A.S. 1987. New stromateoid species (Centrolophidae, Ariommidae) from the western tropical Indian Ocean. Voprosy Ikhtiologii 27(3): 506-509 [in Russian, translation in J. Ichthyol.]
Common Name References
Last, P.R. 2001. Nomeidae, Ariommatidae, Tetragonuridae. pp. 3771-3785 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.  (Ariommas)
Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls.  (Eyebrow-fishes)
Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) 1986. Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls.  (Driftfish)