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Family: Polynemidae Threadfins



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43 species (see list below)

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Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 73.9 cm SL
Eleutheronema rhadinum (Jordan & Evermann, 1902)

Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Eleutheronema rhadinum
[East Asian fourfinger threadfin]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Eleutheronema tetradactylum (Shaw, 1804)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Eleutheronema tetradactylum
[Fourfinger threadfin]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm SL
Eleutheronema tridactylum (Bleeker, 1849)

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Eleutheronema tridactylum
[Threefinger threadfin]

Photo by Devarapalli, P.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 38 cm TL
Filimanus heptadactyla (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Devarapalli, P.
 
Filimanus heptadactyla
[Sevenfinger threadfin]

Photo by FAO

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Filimanus hexanema (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by FAO
 
Filimanus hexanema
[Javanese threadfin]

Photo by FAO

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Filimanus perplexa Feltes, 1991

Photo by FAO
 
Filimanus perplexa
[Splendid threadfin]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Filimanus sealei (Jordan & Richardson, 1910)

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Filimanus sealei
[Eightfinger threadfin]

Photo by Khan, M.M.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm SL
Filimanus similis Feltes, 1991

Photo by Khan, M.M.
 
Filimanus similis
[Indian sevenfinger threadfin]

Photo by CSIRO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Filimanus xanthonema (Valenciennes, 1831)

Photo by CSIRO
 
Filimanus xanthonema
[Yellowthread threadfin]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Galeoides decadactylus (Bloch, 1795)

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Galeoides decadactylus
[Lesser African threadfin]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 142 cm TL
Leptomelanosoma indicum (Shaw, 1804)

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Leptomelanosoma indicum
[Indian threadfin]

Photo by FAO

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 11 cm SL
Parapolynemus verekeri (Saville-Kent, 1889)

Photo by FAO
 
Parapolynemus verekeri
[Dwarf paradise fish]

Photo by FAO

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Pentanemus quinquarius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by FAO
 
Pentanemus quinquarius
[Royal threadfin]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 36 cm TL
Polydactylus approximans (Lay & Bennett, 1839)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Polydactylus approximans
[Blue bobo]

Photo by FAO

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 27 cm SL
Polydactylus bifurcus Motomura, Kimura & Iwatsuki, 2001

Photo by FAO
 
Polydactylus bifurcus
[Slender fivefinger threadfin]

Photo by FAO

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 15.9 cm SL
Polydactylus longipes Motomura, Okamoto & Iwatsuki, 2001

Photo by FAO
 
Polydactylus longipes
[Long-limb threadfin]

Photo by Lim, A.P.K.

Asia
Max. Length 72 cm SL
Polydactylus luparensis Lim, Motomura & Gambang, 2010

Photo by Lim, A.P.K.
 
Polydactylus luparensis
[Sarawak Giant Threadfin]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 170 cm FL
Polydactylus macrochir (Günther, 1867)

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Polydactylus macrochir
[King threadfin]

Photo by FAO

Asia
Max. Length 52 cm TL
Polydactylus macrophthalmus (Bleeker, 1858)

Photo by FAO
 
Polydactylus macrophthalmus
[River threadfin]

Photo by FAO

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14.9 cm SL
Polydactylus malagasyensis Motomura & Iwatsuki, 2001

Photo by FAO
 
Polydactylus malagasyensis
[African blackspot threadfin]

Photo by CSIRO

Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Polydactylus microstomus (Bleeker, 1851)

Photo by CSIRO
 
Polydactylus microstomus
[Smallmouth threadfin]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 19 cm SL
Polydactylus mullani (Hora, 1926)

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Polydactylus mullani
[Arabian blackspot threadfin]

Photo by CSIRO

Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 24.5 cm FL
Polydactylus multiradiatus (Günther, 1860)

Photo by CSIRO
 
Polydactylus multiradiatus
[Australian threadfin]

Photo by CSIRO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Polydactylus nigripinnis Munro, 1964

Photo by CSIRO
 
Polydactylus nigripinnis
[Blackfin threadfin]

Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 33 cm TL
Polydactylus octonemus (Girard, 1858)

Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Polydactylus octonemus
[Atlantic threadfin]

Photo by Johnson, L.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 46 cm TL
Polydactylus oligodon (Günther, 1860)

Photo by Johnson, L.
 
Polydactylus oligodon
[Littlescale threadfin]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Polydactylus opercularis (Gill, 1863)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Polydactylus opercularis
[Yellow bobo]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Polydactylus persicus Motomura & Iwatsuki, 2001

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Polydactylus persicus
[Persian blackspot threadfin]

Photo by Hermosa, Jr., G.V.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm SL
Polydactylus plebeius (Broussonet, 1782)

Photo by Hermosa, Jr., G.V.
 
Polydactylus plebeius
[Striped threadfin]

Photo by Klimpel, S.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Polydactylus quadrifilis (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Klimpel, S.
 
Polydactylus quadrifilis
[Giant African threadfin]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 61 cm TL
Polydactylus sexfilis (Valenciennes, 1831)

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Polydactylus sexfilis
[Sixfinger threadfin]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Polydactylus sextarius (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Polydactylus sextarius
[Blackspot threadfin]

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 27.4 cm SL
Polydactylus siamensis Motomura, Iwatsuki & Yoshino, 2001

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.
 
Polydactylus siamensis
[Largemouth striped threadfin]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 33 cm TL
Polydactylus virginicus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Polydactylus virginicus
[Barbu]

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.

Asia
Max. Length 15.8 cm SL
Polynemus aquilonaris Motomura, 2003

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.
 
Polynemus aquilonaris
[Northern paradise fish]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Asia
Max. Length 15.3 cm SL
Polynemus bidentatus Motomura & Tsukawaki, 2006

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Polynemus bidentatus
[]

Photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand

Asia
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Polynemus dubius Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand
 
Polynemus dubius
[Eastern paradise fish]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Asia
Max. Length 19.5 cm SL
Polynemus hornadayi Myers, 1936

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Polynemus hornadayi
[Hornaday’s paradise fish]

Photo by FAO

Asia
Max. Length 17 cm SL
Polynemus kapuasensis Motomura & van Oijen, 2003

Photo by FAO
 
Polynemus kapuasensis
[Kapuas elegant paradise fish]

Photo by Motomura, H.

Asia
Max. Length 13.5 cm SL
Polynemus melanochir dulcis Motomura & Sabaj Pérez, 2002

Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Polynemus melanochir dulcis
[Lake blackhand paradise fish]

Photo by CSIRO

Asia
Max. Length 25 cm SL
Polynemus melanochir melanochir Valenciennes, 1831

Photo by CSIRO
 
Polynemus melanochir melanochir
[Blackhand paradise fish]

Photo by JJPhoto

Asia
Max. Length 28 cm SL
Polynemus multifilis Temminck & Schlegel, 1843

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Polynemus multifilis
[Elegant paradise fish]

Photo by Hasan, M.E.

Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 30 cm NG
Polynemus paradiseus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Hasan, M.E.
 
Polynemus paradiseus
[Paradise threadfin]
43 Species of Family Polynemidae
(Threadfins)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1902 Eleutheronema rhadinum East Asian fourfinger threadfin Northwest Pacific 73.9 SL
1804 Eleutheronema tetradactylum Fourfinger threadfin Indo-West Pacific 200 TL
1849 Eleutheronema tridactylum Threefinger threadfin Western Pacific 25 SL
1829 Filimanus heptadactyla Sevenfinger threadfin Western Pacific 38 TL
1829 Filimanus hexanema Javanese threadfin Western Central Pacific 12 SL
1991 Filimanus perplexa Splendid threadfin Western Central Pacific 16 SL
1910 Filimanus sealei Eightfinger threadfin Western Central Pacific 15 SL
1991 Filimanus similis Indian sevenfinger threadfin Indian Ocean 13 SL
1831 Filimanus xanthonema Yellowthread threadfin Indo-West Pacific 14 SL
1795 Galeoides decadactylus Lesser African threadfin Eastern Atlantic 50 TL
1804 Leptomelanosoma indicum Indian threadfin Indo-West Pacific 142 TL
1889 Parapolynemus verekeri Dwarf paradise fish Western Central Pacific 11 SL
1758 Pentanemus quinquarius Royal threadfin Eastern Atlantic 35 TL
1839 Polydactylus approximans Blue bobo Eastern Pacific 36 TL
2001 Polydactylus bifurcus Slender fivefinger threadfin Eastern Indian Ocean 27 SL
2001 Polydactylus longipes Long-limb threadfin Western Central Pacific 15.9 SL
2010 Polydactylus luparensis Sarawak Giant Threadfin Asia 72 SL
1867 Polydactylus macrochir King threadfin Indo-West Pacific 170 FL
1858 Polydactylus macrophthalmus River threadfin Asia 52 TL
2001 Polydactylus malagasyensis African blackspot threadfin Western Indian Ocean 14.9 SL
1851 Polydactylus microstomus Smallmouth threadfin Eastern Indian Ocean and 25 TL
1926 Polydactylus mullani Arabian blackspot threadfin Western Indian Ocean 19 SL
1860 Polydactylus multiradiatus Australian threadfin Eastern Indian Ocean and 24.5 FL
1964 Polydactylus nigripinnis Blackfin threadfin Western Pacific 20 TL
1858 Polydactylus octonemus Atlantic threadfin Western Atlantic 33 TL
1860 Polydactylus oligodon Littlescale threadfin Western Atlantic 46 TL
1863 Polydactylus opercularis Yellow bobo Eastern Pacific 50 TL
2001 Polydactylus persicus Persian blackspot threadfin Western Indian Ocean 16 SL
1782 Polydactylus plebeius Striped threadfin Indo-Pacific 45 SL
1829 Polydactylus quadrifilis Giant African threadfin Eastern Atlantic 200 TL
1831 Polydactylus sexfilis Sixfinger threadfin Indo-Pacific 61 TL
1801 Polydactylus sextarius Blackspot threadfin Eastern Indian Ocean and 30 TL
2001 Polydactylus siamensis Largemouth striped threadfin Eastern Indian Ocean 27.4 SL
1758 Polydactylus virginicus Barbu Western Atlantic 33 TL
2003 Polynemus aquilonaris Northern paradise fish Asia 15.8 SL
2006 Polynemus bidentatus Asia 15.3 SL
1853 Polynemus dubius Eastern paradise fish Asia 20 SL
1936 Polynemus hornadayi Hornaday’s paradise fish Asia 19.5 SL
2003 Polynemus kapuasensis Kapuas elegant paradise fish Asia 17 SL
2002 Polynemus melanochir dulcis Lake blackhand paradise fish Asia 13.5 SL
1831 Polynemus melanochir melanochir Blackhand paradise fish Asia 25 SL
1843 Polynemus multifilis Elegant paradise fish Asia 28 SL
1758 Polynemus paradiseus Paradise threadfin Eastern Indian Ocean and 30 NG



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