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Family: Nomeidae Driftfishes



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Atlantic and Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Cubiceps baxteri McCulloch, 1923

Photo by Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.
 
Cubiceps baxteri
[Black fathead]



South Atlantic and Pacifi
Max. Length 28.5 cm TL
Cubiceps caeruleus Regan, 1914

Photo by Photo by Villalba, D.O.
 
Cubiceps caeruleus
[Blue fathead]



Probably circumglobal in
Max. Length 101 cm TL
Cubiceps capensis (Smith, 1845)

Photo by Photo by Lord, R.
 
Cubiceps capensis
[Cape fathead]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 107 cm TL
Cubiceps gracilis (Lowe, 1843)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Cubiceps gracilis
[Driftfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12.6 cm TL
Cubiceps kotlyari Agafonova, 1988

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Cubiceps kotlyari
[Kotlyar's cubehead]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14.6 cm TL
Cubiceps macrolepis Agafonova, 1988

Photo by Photo by Agafonova, T.B.
 
Cubiceps macrolepis
[Large-scale cigarfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12.1 cm TL
Cubiceps nanus Agafonova, 1988

Photo by Photo by Agafonova, T.B.
 
Cubiceps nanus
[Dwarf cigarfish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 127 cm TL
Cubiceps paradoxus Butler, 1979

Photo by Photo by Anderson, S.
 
Cubiceps paradoxus
[Longfin cigarfish]



Atlantic, Indian and Paci
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Cubiceps pauciradiatus Günther, 1872

Photo by Photo by Dubosc, J.
 
Cubiceps pauciradiatus
[Bigeye cigarfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 21 cm SL
Cubiceps whiteleggii (Waite, 1894)

Photo by Photo by Suzuki, T.
 
Cubiceps whiteleggii
[Shadow driftfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 39 cm TL
Nomeus gronovii (Gmelin, 1789)

Photo by Photo by O'Donnell, P.
 
Nomeus gronovii
[Man-of-war fish]



Atlantic, Indian and Paci
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Psenes arafurensis Günther, 1889

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Psenes arafurensis
[Banded driftfish]



Atlantic, Indian and Paci
Max. Length 23 cm SL
Psenes cyanophrys Valenciennes, 1833

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Psenes cyanophrys
[Freckled driftfish]



Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Psenes maculatus Lütken, 1880

Photo by Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Psenes maculatus
[Silver driftfish]



Atlantic, Indian and Paci
Max. Length 80 cm TL
Psenes pellucidus Lütken, 1880

Photo by Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Psenes pellucidus
[Bluefin driftfish]
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Psenes sio
[Twospine driftfish]



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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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