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Family: Kyphosidae Sea chubs



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52 species (see list below)

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Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Atypichthys latus McCulloch & Waite, 1916

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Atypichthys latus
[Eastern footballer]

Photo by Yau, B.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Atypichthys strigatus (Günther, 1860)

Photo by Yau, B.
 
Atypichthys strigatus
[Australian mado]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific.
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Bathystethus cultratus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Bathystethus cultratus
[Grey knifefish]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 21 cm SL

 
Bathystethus orientale
[Silver knifefish]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific

 
Girella albostriata
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Girella cyanea Macleay, 1881

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Girella cyanea
[Blue drummer]

Photo by Schulz, S.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 62 cm TL
Girella elevata Macleay, 1881

Photo by Schulz, S.
 
Girella elevata
[Black drummer]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific

 
Girella feliciana
[]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 36 cm TL

 
Girella fimbriata
[Caramel drummer]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL

 
Girella freminvillii
[]

Photo by Reyes, P.

Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 38.3 cm TL
Girella laevifrons (Tschudi, 1846)

Photo by Reyes, P.
 
Girella laevifrons
[]

Photo by Stender, K.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 46 cm SL
Girella leonina (Richardson, 1846)

Photo by Stender, K.
 
Girella leonina
[]

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Girella mezina Jordan & Starks, 1907

Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Girella mezina
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm NG
Girella nebulosa Kendall & Radcliffe, 1912

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Girella nebulosa
[Rapanui nibbler]

Photo by Shelton, J.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 66 cm TL
Girella nigricans (Ayres, 1860)

Photo by Shelton, J.
 
Girella nigricans
[Opaleye]

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Girella punctata Gray, 1835

Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Girella punctata
[]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 46 cm TL
Girella simplicidens Osburn & Nichols, 1916

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Girella simplicidens
[Gulf opal eye]

Photo by Freitas, R.

Eastern Central Atlantic
Max. Length 24 cm TL
Girella stuebeli Troschel, 1866

Photo by Freitas, R.
 
Girella stuebeli
[]

Photo by Dowling, C.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 61 cm TL
Girella tephraeops (Richardson, 1846)

Photo by Dowling, C.
 
Girella tephraeops
[Rock blackfish]

Photo by Schulz, S.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 71 cm FL
Girella tricuspidata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Photo by Schulz, S.
 
Girella tricuspidata
[Parore]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 34 cm TL
Girella zebra (Richardson, 1846)

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Girella zebra
[Zebra fish]
No picture found
Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 21 cm TL

 
Girella zonata
[]

Photo by Cáceres, R.

Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 64.6 cm TL
Graus nigra Philippi, 1887

Photo by Cáceres, R.
 
Graus nigra
[]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Hermosilla azurea Jenkins & Evermann, 1889

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Hermosilla azurea
[Zebra-perch sea chub]

Photo by Gotshall, D.W.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Kyphosus analogus (Gill, 1862)

Photo by Gotshall, D.W.
 
Kyphosus analogus
[Blue-bronze sea chub]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 75 cm TL
Kyphosus bigibbus Lacepède, 1801

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Kyphosus bigibbus
[Brown chub]

Photo by Bailly, N.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Kyphosus cinerascens (Forsskål, 1775)

Photo by Bailly, N.
 
Kyphosus cinerascens
[Blue sea chub]

Photo by Good, P.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Kyphosus cornelii (Whitley, 1944)

Photo by Good, P.
 
Kyphosus cornelii
[Western buffalo bream]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 53 cm TL
Kyphosus elegans (Peters, 1869)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Kyphosus elegans
[Cortez sea chub]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 45.7 cm SL

 
Kyphosus gladius
[Gladius sea chub]

Photo by Stender, K.

Central Pacific
Max. Length 41 cm TL
Kyphosus hawaiiensis Sakai & Nakabo, 2004

Photo by Stender, K.
 
Kyphosus hawaiiensis
[Hawaiian chub]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 90 cm SL
Kyphosus incisor (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Kyphosus incisor
[Yellow sea chub]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Central Pacific.

Kyphosus lutescens (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Kyphosus lutescens
[Revillagigedo sea chub]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific.
Max. Length 45 cm TL

 
Kyphosus pacificus
[Pacific drummer]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific
Max. Length 75 cm NG
Kyphosus sandwicensis (Sauvage, 1880)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Kyphosus sandwicensis
[Pacific chub]

Photo by Minguell, C.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 76 cm TL
Kyphosus sectatrix (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Minguell, C.
 
Kyphosus sectatrix
[Bermuda sea chub]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 80 cm TL
Kyphosus sydneyanus (Günther, 1886)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Kyphosus sydneyanus
[Silver drummer]

Photo by Field, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Kyphosus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)

Photo by Field, R.
 
Kyphosus vaigiensis
[Brassy chub]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL

 
Labracoglossa argenteiventris
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific.
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Labracoglossa nitida McCulloch & Waite, 1916

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Labracoglossa nitida
[Blue knifefish]

Photo by Cáceres, R.

Southeast Pacific

Medialuna ancietae Chirichigno F., 1987

Photo by Cáceres, R.
 
Medialuna ancietae
[]

Photo by Gotshall, D.W.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 48 cm TL
Medialuna californiensis (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Gotshall, D.W.
 
Medialuna californiensis
[Halfmoon]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Microcanthus strigatus (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Microcanthus strigatus
[Stripey]

Photo by CSIRO

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Neatypus obliquus Waite, 1905

Photo by CSIRO
 
Neatypus obliquus
[Western footballer]

Photo by Bernardi, G.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 50 cm SL
Neoscorpis lithophilus (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908)

Photo by Bernardi, G.
 
Neoscorpis lithophilus
[Stone-bream]

Photo by CSIRO

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Scorpis aequipinnis Richardson, 1848

Photo by CSIRO
 
Scorpis aequipinnis
[Sea sweep]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific

 
Scorpis chilensis
[]

Photo by Dowling, C.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 33 cm TL
Scorpis georgiana Valenciennes, 1832

Photo by Dowling, C.
 
Scorpis georgiana
[Banded sweep]

Photo by Banks, I.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Scorpis lineolata Kner, 1865

Photo by Banks, I.
 
Scorpis lineolata
[Silver sweep]

Photo by Denny, C.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm FL
Scorpis violacea (Hutton, 1873)

Photo by Denny, C.
 
Scorpis violacea
[Blue maomao]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 59 cm TL
Sectator ocyurus (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Sectator ocyurus
[Bluestriped chub]

Photo by Good, P.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Tilodon sexfasciatus (Richardson, 1842)

Photo by Good, P.
 
Tilodon sexfasciatus
[Moonlighter]
52 Species of Family Kyphosidae
(Sea chubs)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1916 Atypichthys latus Eastern footballer Southwest Pacific 30 SL
1860 Atypichthys strigatus Australian mado Indo-West Pacific 25 TL
1801 Bathystethus cultratus Grey knifefish Southwest Pacific. 30 TL
1913 Bathystethus orientale Silver knifefish Eastern Pacific 21 SL
1898 Girella albostriata Southeast Pacific
1881 Girella cyanea Blue drummer Southwest Pacific 20 SL
1881 Girella elevata Black drummer Southwest Pacific 62 TL
1938 Girella feliciana Southeast Pacific
1920 Girella fimbriata Caramel drummer Southwest Pacific 36 TL
1846 Girella freminvillii Southeast Pacific 45 TL
1846 Girella laevifrons Southeast Pacific 38.3 TL
1846 Girella leonina Western Central Pacific 46 SL
1907 Girella mezina Western Pacific 45 TL
1912 Girella nebulosa Rapanui nibbler Southeast Pacific 30 NG
1860 Girella nigricans Opaleye Eastern Central Pacific 66 TL
1835 Girella punctata Northwest Pacific 50 TL
1916 Girella simplicidens Gulf opal eye Eastern Central Pacific 46 TL
1866 Girella stuebeli Eastern Central Atlantic 24 TL
1846 Girella tephraeops Rock blackfish Eastern Indian Ocean 61 TL
1824 Girella tricuspidata Parore Western Pacific 71 FL
1846 Girella zebra Zebra fish Indo-Pacific 34 TL
1859 Girella zonata Eastern Atlantic 21 TL
1887 Graus nigra Southeast Pacific 64.6 TL
1889 Hermosilla azurea Zebra-perch sea chub Eastern Central Pacific 45 TL
1862 Kyphosus analogus Blue-bronze sea chub Eastern Pacific 45 TL
1801 Kyphosus bigibbus Brown chub Indo-Pacific 75 TL
1775 Kyphosus cinerascens Blue sea chub Indo-Pacific 50 TL
1944 Kyphosus cornelii Western buffalo bream Eastern Indian Ocean 70 TL
1869 Kyphosus elegans Cortez sea chub Eastern Pacific 53 TL
2013 Kyphosus gladius Gladius sea chub Eastern Indian Ocean 45.7 SL
2004 Kyphosus hawaiiensis Hawaiian chub Central Pacific 41 TL
1831 Kyphosus incisor Yellow sea chub Western Atlantic 90 SL
1882 Kyphosus lutescens Revillagigedo sea chub Eastern Central Pacific.
2004 Kyphosus pacificus Pacific drummer Western Central Pacific. 45 TL
1880 Kyphosus sandwicensis Pacific chub Pacific 75 NG
1758 Kyphosus sectatrix Bermuda sea chub Western Atlantic 76 TL
1886 Kyphosus sydneyanus Silver drummer Southwest Pacific 80 TL
1825 Kyphosus vaigiensis Brassy chub Indo-Pacific 70 TL
1866 Labracoglossa argenteiventris Northwest Pacific 20 TL
1916 Labracoglossa nitida Blue knifefish Southwest Pacific. 20 TL
1987 Medialuna ancietae Southeast Pacific
1876 Medialuna californiensis Halfmoon Eastern Pacific 48 TL
1831 Microcanthus strigatus Stripey Western Pacific 16 TL
1905 Neatypus obliquus Western footballer Eastern Indian Ocean 22 TL
1908 Neoscorpis lithophilus Stone-bream Western Indian Ocean 50 SL
1848 Scorpis aequipinnis Sea sweep Eastern Indian Ocean 40 TL
1848 Scorpis chilensis Southeast Pacific
1832 Scorpis georgiana Banded sweep Eastern Indian Ocean 33 TL
1865 Scorpis lineolata Silver sweep Southwest Pacific 30 TL
1873 Scorpis violacea Blue maomao Southwest Pacific 40 FL
1882 Sectator ocyurus Bluestriped chub Eastern Pacific 59 TL
1842 Tilodon sexfasciatus Moonlighter Eastern Indian Ocean 40 TL



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