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Family: Kyphosidae Sea chubs



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

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



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Bathystethus cultratus
[Grey knifefish]
No picture found

Max. Length 21 cm SL

 
Bathystethus orientale
[Silver knifefish]



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

Photo by Photo by Cáceres, R.
 
Graus nigra
[]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Kyphosus azureus (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Kyphosus azureus
[Zebra-perch sea chub]



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

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



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 50.7 cm FL
Kyphosus cinerascens (Forsskål, 1775)

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



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Kyphosus elegans
[Cortez sea chub]
No picture found

Max. Length 45.7 cm SL

 
Kyphosus gladius
[Gladius sea chub]



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

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



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

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



Eastern Central Pacific.

Kyphosus lutescens (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Kyphosus lutescens
[Revillagigedo sea chub]



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

Photo by Photo by Cox, C.
 
Kyphosus ocyurus
[Bluestriped chub]
No picture found

Max. Length 75 cm TL

 
Kyphosus pacificus
[Pacific drummer]



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

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



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

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



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

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



Circumtropical
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Kyphosus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Kyphosus vaigiensis
[Brassy chub]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Labracoglossa argenteiventris Peters, 1866

Photo by Photo by Shiina, M.
 
Labracoglossa argenteiventris
[]



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

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



Southeast Pacific

Medialuna ancietae Chirichigno F., 1987

Photo by Photo by Cáceres, R.
 
Medialuna ancietae
[]



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

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



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Neatypus obliquus
[Western footballer]



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Scorpis aequipinnis
[Sea sweep]



Southeast Pacific

Scorpis chilensis Guichenot, 1848

Photo by Photo by Florian Schneider
 
Scorpis chilensis
[]



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Good, P.
 
Tilodon sexfasciatus
[Moonlighter]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Atypichthys latus Eastern footballer Southwest Pacific 30 SL 1916
Atypichthys strigatus Australian mado Indo-West Pacific 25 TL 1860
Bathystethus cultratus Grey knifefish Southwest Pacific. 30 TL 1801
Bathystethus orientale Silver knifefish Eastern Pacific 21 SL 1913
Graus nigra Southeast Pacific 64.6 TL 1887
Kyphosus azureus Zebra-perch sea chub Eastern Central Pacific 45 TL 1889
Kyphosus bigibbus Brown chub Indo-Pacific 75 TL 1801
Kyphosus cinerascens Blue sea chub Indo-Pacific 50.7 FL 1775
Kyphosus cornelii Western buffalo bream Eastern Indian Ocean 70 TL 1944
Kyphosus elegans Cortez sea chub Eastern Pacific 53 TL 1869
Kyphosus gladius Gladius sea chub Eastern Indian Ocean 45.7 SL 2013
Kyphosus hawaiiensis Hawaiian chub Central Pacific 41 TL 2004
Kyphosus incisor Yellow sea chub Western Atlantic 90 SL 1831
Kyphosus lutescens Revillagigedo sea chub Eastern Central Pacific. 1882
Kyphosus ocyurus Bluestriped chub Eastern Pacific 59 TL 1882
Kyphosus pacificus Pacific drummer Western Central Pacific. 75 TL 2004
Kyphosus sandwicensis Pacific chub Pacific 75 NG 1880
Kyphosus sectatrix Bermuda sea chub Circumglobal. 76 TL 1758
Kyphosus sydneyanus Silver drummer Southwest Pacific 80 TL 1886
Kyphosus vaigiensis Brassy chub Circumtropical 70 TL 1825
Labracoglossa argenteiventris Northwest Pacific 20 TL 1866
Labracoglossa nitida Blue knifefish Southwest Pacific. 20 TL 1916
Medialuna ancietae Southeast Pacific 1987
Medialuna californiensis Halfmoon Eastern Pacific 48 TL 1876
Microcanthus strigatus Stripey Western Pacific 16 TL 1831
Neatypus obliquus Western footballer Eastern Indian Ocean 22 TL 1905
Neoscorpis lithophilus Stone-bream Western Indian Ocean 50 SL 1908
Scorpis aequipinnis Sea sweep Eastern Indian Ocean 40 TL 1848
Scorpis chilensis Southeast Pacific 1848
Scorpis georgiana Banded sweep Eastern Indian Ocean 33 TL 1832
Scorpis lineolata Silver sweep Southwest Pacific 30 TL 1865
Scorpis violacea Blue maomao Southwest Pacific 40 FL 1873
Tilodon sexfasciatus Moonlighter Eastern Indian Ocean 40 TL 1842



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