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Boarfishes, Deepsea Boarfishes

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18 May 2012 - Dianne J. Bray

December 2006 - John R. Paxton, Jennifer E. Gates, Dianne J. Bray & Douglass F. Hoese


The Caproidae comprises 18 species in two genera (Eschmeyer & Fong 2012), although Johnson & Patterson (1993), Tyler et al. (2003) and Wiley & Johnson (2010) agree that the two recognised caproid genera are not closely related. The boarfishes were briefly reviewed by Fraser-Brunner (1950) and Parin & Borodulina (1986). Berry (1959) revised the western Atlantic species and came to different conclusions regarding the validity of some Indo-Pacific species. Zehren (1987) discussed relationships of the family. Five described species in one genus occur in Australian waters. Gordon Yearsley (formerly of CSIRO) considers that there are a number of undescribed species in Australian waters.

Boarfishes live in coastal and slope waters in depths of 900 m. Adults are taken in bottom trawls and small juveniles are pelagic. Boarfishes are laterally compressed with a steep predorsal profile, a small mouth and ctenoid scales with ridge-like denticles or spines. Maximum length attained is 16 cm.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
04-May-2012 04-May-2012 MOVED
05-Feb-2013 21-Apr-2012 MODIFIED
20-May-2011 20-May-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)