SELECT DISTINCTROW FAMILIES.Family, FAMILIES.FamCode, FAMILIES.CommonName FROM ((COUNTFAO RIGHT JOIN SPECIES ON COUNTFAO.SpecCode = SPECIES.SpecCode) RIGHT JOIN FAMILIES ON SPECIES.FamCode = FAMILIES.FamCode) WHERE (((FAMILIES.SYNONYM) Is Null Or (FAMILIES.SYNONYM)=0) AND ((FAMILIES.Ordnum)=54) ) ORDER BY FAMILIES.SYNONYM DESC , FAMILIES.Family Fish Identification: Find family
Fish Identification: Find Family
Glossary 3 families of whalefishes FishBase

Barbourisiidae Barbourisiidae - (Velvet whalefishes) Distribution: Throughout the world ocean in tropical and temperate latitudes. Pelvic fins subabdominal. Skin with spines. Dorsal fin with 19-22 rays. Anal fin with 15-18 rays; 40-43 vertebrae.


Cetomimidae Cetomimidae - (Flabby whalefishes) According to Johnson et al. (2009; Ref. 80859), three deep-sea families contained larvae (Mirapinnidae), males (Megalomycteridae), and females (Cetomimidae) of only one family (Cetomimidae s.l.). There is a need of revision for the entire family, since larvae, males and females have to be synonymized under one name only. So the account below is incomplete. Account from Paxton (1989: Ref. 9791), and about Cetomimidae s.s., i.e., females only. Oceanic. No pelvic fins. Skin loose with no scales. Eyes very small or vestigial. Gills 3 or 4. Photophores absent; often with cavernous tissue around anus and bases of dorsal and anal fins. Vertebrae 38 to 59. Color in life brown or orange with bright orange or red jaws and fins.


Rondeletiidae Rondeletiidae - (Redmouth whalefishes) Oceanic. Head box-shaped. Smooth skin. Lateral line system made up of 14-26 vertical series of pores. Subabdominal pelvics. Epurals 3. Hypurals 6. Vertebrae 24-27.


Note: Families with unknown counts of dorsal or anal spines are also included

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