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Family: Carapidae Pearlfishes

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Carapus acus Pearl fish Eastern Atlantic 20.8 TL 1768
Carapus bermudensis Pearlfish Western Atlantic 20 TL 1874
Carapus dubius Pacific pearlfish Eastern Pacific 15 TL 1874
Carapus mourlani Star pearlfish Indo-Pacific 17 TL 1934
Carapus sluiteri Sluiter's pearlfish Western Central Pacific 10 TL 1905
Echiodon anchipterus Closefin pearlfish Northwest Pacific 17.2 TL 1984
Echiodon atopus Southeastern Atlantic 17.6 SL 2005
Echiodon coheni Western Indian Ocean. We 14.3 TL 1984
Echiodon cryomargarites Messmate Widely distributed in the 41 TL 1983
Echiodon dawsoni Chain pearlfish Western Central Atlantic 11.2 TL 1982
Echiodon dentatus North to Central Eastern 17 TL 1829
Echiodon drummondii Northeast Atlantic 30 TL 1837
Echiodon exsilium Nocturnal pearlfish Eastern Pacific 12.6 TL 1961
Echiodon neotes Southwest Pacific 23.5 TL 1990
Echiodon pegasus Southwest Pacific 20 TL 1990
Echiodon prionodon Southwestern Pacific 16.5 TL 2012
Echiodon pukaki Southwest Pacific 23.2 TL 1990
Echiodon rendahli Messmate fish Southwest Pacific 12 TL 1941
Encheliophis boraborensis Pinhead pearlfish Indo-Pacific 30 TL 1856
Encheliophis chardewalli Eastern Central Pacific 7.2 SL 2004
Encheliophis gracilis Graceful pearlfish Indo-West Pacific 30 SL 1856
Encheliophis homei Silver pearlfish Indo-Pacific 19 TL 1846
Encheliophis sagamianus Northwest Pacific 20 TL 1908
Encheliophis vermicularis Worm pearlfish Indo-Pacific 13 TL 1842
Encheliophis vermiops Pygmy pearlfish Indo-West Pacific 14 TL 1990
Eurypleuron cinereum Southern Indian and Pacif 21.5 TL 1955
Eurypleuron owasianum Eel pearlfish Northwest Pacific 23.6 TL 1953
Onuxodon fowleri Fowler's pearlfish Indo-Pacific 10 TL 1955
Onuxodon margaritiferae Bivalve pearlfish Eastern Indian Ocean 10 TL 1921
Onuxodon parvibrachium Oyster pearlfish Indo-Pacific 10 TL 1927
Pyramodon lindas Blackedge pearlfish Western Pacific 36 TL 1990
Pyramodon parini Southeast Pacific 30.5 TL 1990
Pyramodon punctatus Dogtooth pearlfish Indo-West Pacific 29 TL 1914
Pyramodon ventralis Pallid pearlfish Indo-West Pacific 18.1 TL 1913
Snyderidia canina Circumtropical excluding 26.8 TL 1905
Tetragondacnus spilotus Western Central Pacific 2007

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