Family Carapidae - Pearlfishes
  Order
:
Carapidae Carapidae
  Class
:
Actinopterygii
No. in FishBase
:
Genera : 8 | Species : 36 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
:
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  Division
:
Marine
  Aquarium
:
none
  First Fossil Record
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  Remark
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Distribution: tropical and subtropical Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Dorsal fin rays shorter than opposite anal rays. Anus of adults and origin of anal fin located behind head and usually under pectoral fin, under vertebrae 1 - 13. Translucent eel-like fishes without scales. Wide gill openings, reaching far forward. Vomerine, palatine and jaw teeth present. No opercular spines. Branchiostegal rays 6-7. No supramaxillary. Vertebrae about 85-145. Vexillum present in larvae. Eggs are pelagic, oval, and slightly over 1 mm in the longest dimension (Ref. 240). Pearlfishes are free-living (Echiodon), commensal (Carapus, Onuxodon), or parasitic (Encheliophis, = Jordanicus), living in association with shallow-water invertebrate hosts (holothurians, bivalves, starfishes), largely in coral-dominated communities. Family members occur in shelf and slope waters of 0-2,000 m depth and range from about 65°N to 60°S.
  Etymology
:
Greek kara ("head") and apous ("without foot", pelvic fin, which is thoracic in position, if present) (P.Adamicka, pers.comm. 08/09).
  Reproductive guild
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nonguarders
  Typical activity level
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  Main Ref
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Species/Synonymy list for the family Carapidae as currently in FishBase

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination
Carapinae
Carapus acus (Brünnich, 1768)
acceptedseniornew
Gymnotus acus Brünnich, 1768
synonymseniororiginal
Diaphasia acus (Brünnich, 1768)
synonymseniornew
Fierasfer acus (Brünnich, 1768)
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal
Fierasfer fontanesii (Risso, 1810)
synonymjuniornew
Ophidium imberbe Cuvier, 1815
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus imberbis (Cuvier, 1815)
synonymjuniornew
Fierasfer imberbis (Cuvier, 1815)
synonymjuniornew
Ophidium fierasfer Risso, 1827
synonymjuniororiginal
Fierasfer maculata Swainson, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal
Encheliophis tenuis Putnam, 1874
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus cuspis Arnold, 1956
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus birpex Arnold, 1956
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus variegatus (non Fowler & Steinitz, 1956)
misappliedmisappliedoriginal
Carapus bermudensis (Jones, 1874)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal
Disparichthys herrei Schultz, 1938
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus chavesi Ancona López, 1956
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus recifensis Ancona López, 1956
synonymjuniororiginal
Fierasfer dubius (non Putnam, 1874)
misappliedmisappliedoriginal
Carapus dubius (Putnam, 1874)
acceptedseniornew
Fierasfer dubius Putnam, 1874
synonymseniororiginal
Encheliophis dubius (Putnam, 1874)
synonymseniornew
Fierasfer caninus Günther, 1862
ambiguousotheroriginal
Fierasfer arenicola Jordan & Gilbert, 1882
synonymjuniororiginal
Fierasfer microdon Gilbert, 1905
synonymjuniororiginal
Leptofierasfer macrurus Meek & Hildebrand, 1928
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus sluiteri (Weber, 1905)
acceptedseniornew
Fierasfer sluiteri Weber, 1905
synonymseniororiginal
Carapus mourlani (Petit, 1934)
acceptedseniornew
Fierasfer mourlani Petit, 1934
synonymseniororiginal
Encheliophis mourlani (Petit, 1934)
synonymseniornew
Oxybeles lumbricoides Bleeker, 1854
ambiguousquestionableoriginal
Carapus pindae Smith, 1955
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus mayottae Smith, 1955
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus variegatus Fowler & Steinitz, 1956
ambiguousotheroriginal
Carapus homei (non Richardson, 1846)
misappliedmisappliednew
Echiodon drummondii Thompson, 1837
acceptedseniororiginal
! Echiodon drummondi Thompson, 1837
synonymseniororiginal
Echiodon dentatus (Cuvier, 1829)
acceptedseniornew
Ophidium dentatum Cuvier, 1829
synonymseniororiginal
Carapus dentatus (Cuvier, 1829)
synonymseniornew
Fierasfer dentatus (Cuvier, 1829)
synonymseniornew
Echiodon rendahli (Whitley, 1941)
acceptedseniornew
Carapus rendahli Whitley, 1941
synonymseniororiginal
Echiodon exsilium Rosenblatt, 1961
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon dawsoni Williams & Shipp, 1982
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon sp. A Not applicable
synonymotherother
Echiodon cryomargarites Markle, Williams & Olney, 1983
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon anchipterus Williams, 1984
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon coheni Williams, 1984
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon neotes Markle & Olney, 1990
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon pegasus Markle & Olney, 1990
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon pukaki Markle & Olney, 1990
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon atopus Anderson, 2005
acceptedseniororiginal
Echiodon prionodon Parmentier, 2012
acceptedseniororiginal
acceptedseniororiginal
synonymseniororiginal
Encheliophis jordani Heller & Snodgrass, 1903
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniornew
Encheliophis homei (Richardson, 1846)
acceptedseniornew
Oxybeles homei Richardson, 1846
synonymseniororiginal
Carapus homei (Richardson, 1846)
synonymseniornew
Fierasfer homei (Richardson, 1846)
synonymseniornew
! Echeliophis homei (Richardson, 1846)
synonymseniornew
Oxybelus brandesii Bleeker, 1851
synonymjuniororiginal
! Fierasfer brandesu (Bleeker, 1851)
synonymjuniornew
! Oxybeles brandesii Bleeker, 1851
synonymjuniororiginal
Fierasfer neglectum Peters, 1855
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus neglectus (Peters, 1855)
synonymjuniornew
Fierasfer affinis Günther, 1862
synonymjuniororiginal
Fierasfer acus (non Brünnich, 1768)
misappliedmisappliednew
Fierasfer caninus (non Günther, 1862)
misappliedmisappliedoriginal
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal
synonymseniornew
synonymseniornew
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus parvipinnis (Kaup, 1856)
synonymjuniornew
synonymjuniornew
synonymjuniornew
Fierasfer kagoshimanus Steindachner & Döderlein, 1887
ambiguousquestionableoriginal
synonymjuniororiginal
Encheliophis gracilis (Bleeker, 1856)
acceptedseniornew
Oxybeles gracilis Bleeker, 1856
synonymseniororiginal
Carapus gracilis (Bleeker, 1856)
synonymseniornew
Jordanicus gracilis (Bleeker, 1856)
synonymseniornew
! Enchelyophis gracilis (Bleeker, 1856)
synonymseniornew
Fierasfer umbratilis Jordan & Evermann, 1903
synonymjuniororiginal
Fierasfer houlti Ogilby, 1922
synonymjuniororiginal
Carapus houlti (Ogilby, 1922)
synonymjuniornew
acceptedseniornew
Carapus sagamianus Tanaka, 1908
synonymseniororiginal
Encheliophis vermiops Markle & Olney, 1990
acceptedseniororiginal
Encheliophis chardewalli Parmentier, 2004
acceptedseniororiginal
Onuxodon parvibrachium (Fowler, 1927)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal
! Onuxodon parvibranchium (Fowler, 1927)
synonymseniornew
Carapus reedi Smith, 1955
ambiguousotheroriginal
Onuxodon margaritiferae (Rendahl, 1921)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal
! Onuxodon margaritifer (Rendahl, 1921)
synonymseniornew
Onuxodon fowleri (Smith, 1955)
acceptedseniornew
Jordanicus fowleri Smith, 1955
synonymseniororiginal
Carapus reedi Smith, 1955
ambiguousotheroriginal
Jordanicus caninus (non Günther, 1862)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Carapus margaritiferae (non Rendahl, 1921)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Onuxodon margaritiferae (non Rendahl, 1921)
misappliedmisappliednew
Pyramodontinae
Pyramodon ventralis Smith & Radcliffe, 1913
acceptedseniororiginal
Pyramodon punctatus (Regan, 1914)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal
Pyramodon ventralis (non Smith & Radcliffe, 1913)
misappliedmisappliedoriginal
Pyramodon lindas Markle & Olney, 1990
acceptedseniororiginal
Pyramodon parini Markle & Olney, 1990
acceptedseniororiginal
Pyramodon ventralis (non Smith & Radcliffe, 1913)
misappliedmisappliedoriginal
Snyderidia canina Gilbert, 1905
acceptedseniororiginal
Snyderidia bothrops Robins & Nielsen, 1970
synonymjuniororiginal
! Snyderidia bathrops Robins & Nielsen, 1970
synonymjuniororiginal
Eurypleuron owasianum (Matsubara, 1953)
acceptedseniornew
Carapus owasianus Matsubara, 1953
synonymseniororiginal
Echiodon owasianus (Matsubara, 1953)
synonymseniornew
Eurypleuron cinereum (Smith, 1955)
acceptedseniornew
Carapus cinereus Smith, 1955
synonymseniororiginal
Echiodon cinereus (Smith, 1955)
synonymseniornew
Eurypleuron cinereus (Smith, 1955)
synonymseniornew
Eurypleuron owasianum (non Matsubara, 1953)
misappliedmisappliednew
Tetragondacninae
Tetragondacnus spilotus Anderson & Satria, 2007
acceptedseniororiginal
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