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Family: Nomeidae Driftfishes



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Cubiceps baxteri Black fathead Atlantic and Pacific 100 TL 1923
Cubiceps caeruleus Blue fathead South Atlantic and Pacifi 28.5 TL 1914
Cubiceps capensis Cape fathead Probably circumglobal in 101 TL 1845
Cubiceps gracilis Driftfish Eastern Atlantic 107 TL 1843
Cubiceps kotlyari Kotlyar's cubehead Indo-Pacific 12.6 TL 1988
Cubiceps macrolepis Large-scale cigarfish Western Indian Ocean 14.6 TL 1988
Cubiceps nanus Dwarf cigarfish Western Indian Ocean 12.1 TL 1988
Cubiceps paradoxus Longfin cigarfish Eastern Central Pacific 127 TL 1979
Cubiceps pauciradiatus Bigeye cigarfish Atlantic, Indian and Paci 20 TL 1872
Cubiceps whiteleggii Shadow driftfish Indo-West Pacific 21 SL 1894
Nomeus gronovii Man-of-war fish Western Atlantic 39 TL 1789
Psenes arafurensis Banded driftfish Atlantic, Indian and Paci 25 TL 1889
Psenes cyanophrys Freckled driftfish Atlantic, Indian and Paci 23 SL 1833
Psenes maculatus Silver driftfish Atlantic Ocean 30 SL 1880
Psenes pellucidus Bluefin driftfish Atlantic, Indian and Paci 80 TL 1880
Psenes sio Twospine driftfish Eastern Pacific 1970



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