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16 September 2015 - Dianne J. Bray, Douglass F. Hoese & John R. Paxton
May 2012 - Dianne J. Bray, Douglass F. Hoese & John R. Paxton
Nemeth (1994) revised the Champsodontidae, recognising one genus and 13 species from the world's oceans. Nine species are recorded from Australia.
Champsodontids, or gapers, are benthic over the continental shelf and slope in Australia to depths 50–600 m, with a maximum recorded depth elsewhere at 1100 m. They are small sized, reaching a maximum size of less than 15 cm.
Relationships of the family are uncertain (Nelson 1994, 2006). Johnson (1993) suggested a relationship with scorpaeniform fishes and Mooi & Johnson (1997) provided further evidence in support of this thesis. Molecular studies have not supported a scorpaeniform relationship, but placed the group as an unnamed clade with close relationship to the Creediidae and Hemerocoetinae (Near et al. 2015).
Near, T.J., Dornburg, A., Harrington, R.C., Oliveira, C., Pietsch, T.W., Thacker, C.E., Satoh, T.P., Katayama, E., Wainwright, P.C., Eastman, J.T. & Beaulieu, J.M. 2015. Identification of the notothenioid sister lineage illuminates the biogeographic history of an Antarctic adaptive radiation. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15(109): 1-14 [DOI 10.1186/s12862-015-0362-9]
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|Published||As part of group||Action Date||Action Type||Compiler(s)|
|08-Oct-2015||TRACHINOIDEI||16-Sep-2015||MODIFIED||Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Matthew Lockett (AM)|