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Melanonids, Pelagic Cods

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


The Melanonidae comprise a single genus and two species. Both species occur in Australian waters.

Melanonids are mesopelagic and bathypelagic in all tropical and temperate oceans. A distinctive feature is the presence of numerous, parallel, fleshy neuromast-bearing ridges on the head. Maximum size is about 27 cm.

The melanonids have not been revised. One species was briefly described and figured by Ayling & Cox (1982). Cohen (1990) treated species in the family.

We thank D.M. Cohen, formerly of LACM, for his advice on this family account.


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Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Feb-2010 (import)