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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Stomiiformes
Family: Sternoptychidae Marine hatchetfishes
Subfamily: Sternoptychinae
Genus: Sternoptyx

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Atlantic, Indian and Paci
Max. Length 5.5 cm SL
Sternoptyx diaphana Hermann, 1781

Photo by Photo by Orlov, A.
 
Sternoptyx diaphana
[Diaphanous hatchet fish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 4.5 cm SL
Sternoptyx obscura Garman, 1899

Photo by Photo by Reyes, P.
 
Sternoptyx obscura
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Widely distributed in the
Max. Length 6 cm SL
Sternoptyx pseudobscura Baird, 1971

Photo by Photo by Mincarone, M.M.
 
Sternoptyx pseudobscura
[Highlight hatchetfish]



Circumglobal in subtropic
Max. Length 6 cm SL
Sternoptyx pseudodiaphana Borodulina, 1977

Photo by Photo by Colombo, G.L.A.
 
Sternoptyx pseudodiaphana
[False oblique hatchetfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Sternoptyx diaphana Diaphanous hatchet fish Atlantic, Indian and Paci 5.5 SL 1781
Sternoptyx obscura Indo-Pacific 4.5 SL 1899
Sternoptyx pseudobscura Highlight hatchetfish Widely distributed in the 6 SL 1971
Sternoptyx pseudodiaphana False oblique hatchetfish Circumglobal in subtropic 6 SL 1977



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