Family Notacanthidae - Deep-sea spiny eels
  Order
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  Class
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Actinopterygii
No. in FishBase
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Genera : 4 | Species : 12 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
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Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  Division
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Marine
  Aquarium
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none
  First Fossil Record
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upper   Cretaceous    
Ref..   Berg, L.S. 1958
  Remark
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Marine; benthic in deep waters (125-3500 m) with global distribution. Branchiostegal membranes at least partly joined; at least part of the dorsal fin posterior to the anus; lateral line not cavernous and well up on the side; scales relatively small, more than 50 longitudinal rows occur on each side. Some species with 3 spinelike rays in each pelvic fin. Feed on benthic animals (polychaetes, coelenterates) in a head-down position; also feed on small nektonic crustaceans. Females greatly outnumber males. Giant leptocephalus larvae probably pertain to this family.
  Etymology
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Greek, noton = back + Greek, akantha = thorn
  Reproductive guild
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nonguarders
  Typical activity level
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  Main Ref
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Elopocephalai | Elopocephala | Elopomorpha | Notacanthiformes | Notacanthidae

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Notacanthidae as currently in FishBase

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In the column CofF, the digit indicates the status of synchronization with CofF: 0: Not checked; 1: Same status;   2: Different status;   3: Other combination;   4: Synonym in CofF;   5: Species/Subspecies issue;   6: Synonym of another species in CofF;   7: Not in CofF;   8: Should not be in CofF. The CofF version currently used is the one published on 23-07-2014 (Ref. 97102).

The list ordered as follows:

Please send comments and corrections if you detect errors or missing names.

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
acceptedseniororiginal2
! Notacanthus chemnitzi Bloch, 1788
synonymseniororiginal
! Notocanthus chemnitzi Bloch, 1788
synonymseniororiginal
! Notocanthus nasus Bloch, 1795
synonymjuniororiginal2
Acanthonosus nasus (Bloch, 1795)
synonymjuniornew
Notacanthus nasus Bloch, 1795
synonymjuniororiginal
Campylodon fabricii Reinhardt, 1837
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notacanthus moseleyi (Goode & Bean, 1895)
ambiguousquestionablenew
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notacanthus fascidens Matsubara, 1938
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notacanthus bonapartei (non Risso, 1840)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
acceptedseniororiginal2
synonymseniororiginal
synonymseniororiginal
Notacanthus mediterraneus De Filippi & Verany, 1857
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notacanthus sexspinis Richardson, 1846
acceptedseniororiginal2
! Notacanthus sexpinnis Richardson, 1846
synonymseniororiginal
! Notacanthus sexspinus Richardson, 1846
synonymseniororiginal
! Notocanthus sexspinnis Richardson, 1846
synonymseniororiginal
Gigliolia moseleyi Goode & Bean, 1895
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notacanthus moseleyi (Goode & Bean, 1895)
synonymjuniornew
Notacanthus annectens Boulenger, 1903
synonymjuniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Notacanthus abbotti Fowler, 1934
acceptedseniororiginal2
! Notacanthus abotti Fowler, 1934
synonymseniororiginal
Polyacanthonotus rissoanus (De Filippi & Verany, 1857)
acceptedseniornew
Notacanthus rissoanus De Filippi & Verany, 1857
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notacanthus rostratus Collett, 1889
synonymjuniororiginal2
Macdonaldia rostrata (Collett, 1889)
synonymjuniornew
synonymjuniornew
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Macdonaldia challengeri (Vaillant, 1888)
synonymseniornew
Macdonaldia alta Gill & Townsend, 1897
synonymjuniororiginal2
Polyacanthonotus altus (Gill & Townsend, 1897)
synonymjuniornew
Macdonaldia longa Gill & Townsend, 1897
synonymjuniororiginal2
Polyacanthonotus longus (Gill & Townsend, 1897)
synonymjuniornew
Polyacanthonotus africanus (Gilchrist & von Bonde, 1924)
acceptedseniornew
Macdonaldia africana Gilchrist & von Bonde, 1924
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notacanthus rissoanus (non Filippi & Vérany, 1857)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Macdonaldia rostrata (non Collette, 1889)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Polyacanthonotus merretti Sulak, Crabtree & Hureau, 1984
acceptedseniororiginal2
Lipogenys gillii Goode & Bean, 1895
acceptedseniororiginal2
! Lipogenys gilli Goode & Bean, 1895
synonymseniororiginal
Lipogenys plaxae Sheiko, 1988
synonymjuniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Ascomana giganteus (Castle, 1959)
synonymseniornew
Coloconger giganteus (Castle, 1959)
synonymseniornew
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