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Family: Centriscidae Snipefishes and shrimpfishes
Subfamily: Macroramphosinae

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Circumglobal in southern
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Centriscops humerosus (Richardson, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Fischer, L.G.
Centriscops humerosus
[Banded yellowfish]

Indo-Pacific and Western
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Macroramphosus gracilis (Lowe, 1839)

Photo by Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
Macroramphosus gracilis
[Slender snipefish]

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Macroramphosus scolopax (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Hernández-González, C.L.
Macroramphosus scolopax
[Longspine snipefish]

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 33.8 cm SL
Notopogon armatus (Sauvage, 1879)

Photo by Photo by MNHN
Notopogon armatus

Southeast Pacific and Sou
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Notopogon fernandezianus (Delfin, 1899)

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
Notopogon fernandezianus
[Orange bellowfish]

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 27 cm TL
Notopogon lilliei Regan, 1914

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Notopogon lilliei
[Crested bellowfish]

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 33 cm TL
Notopogon macrosolen Barnard, 1925

Photo by Photo by Le Noury, P.
Notopogon macrosolen
[Longsnout bellowfish]

Max. Length 17 cm TL
Notopogon xenosoma Regan, 1914

Photo by Photo by SFSA
Notopogon xenosoma
[Longspine bellowfish]

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Centriscops humerosus Banded yellowfish Circumglobal in southern 30 SL 1846
Macroramphosus gracilis Slender snipefish Indo-Pacific and Western 15 TL 1839
Macroramphosus scolopax Longspine snipefish Western Atlantic 20 TL 1758
Notopogon armatus Western Indian Ocean 33.8 SL 1879
Notopogon fernandezianus Orange bellowfish Southeast Pacific and Sou 18 TL 1899
Notopogon lilliei Crested bellowfish Southwest Pacific 27 TL 1914
Notopogon macrosolen Longsnout bellowfish Southeast Atlantic 33 TL 1925
Notopogon xenosoma Longspine bellowfish Indo-Pacific 17 TL 1914

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