Family Anoplogastridae - Fangtooths
Anoplogastridae Anoplogastridae
No. in FishBase
Genera : 1 | Species : 2 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  First Fossil Record
Distribution: tropical to cold-temperate waters worldwide. Head and body extremely compressed. Head large, about one-third length of body, and deep. Body deep anteriorly, sharply tapering to narrow caudal peduncle. Head sculptured looking, with well- developed mucus cavities covered by thin skin. Eyes small; eye diameter less than length of snout. Mouth large, with upper jaw almost as long as head, and oblique. No spines in fins. Dorsal fin with 16-20 soft rays; anal fin with 7-9 soft rays; pectoral fins with 13-16 soft rays; pelvic fins subthoracic, with 7 rays (first ray segmented but not branched). One supramaxilla. Long, fanglike, widely spaced teeth in premaxilla and dentary, these teeth depressible in juveniles. Teeth present as well on palatines, ectopterygoid, and endopterygoid; absent from vomer. Branchiostegal rays 7-9. Gill rakers long and slender in juveniles, reprsented by groups of short spinules in adults. Scales are thin plates, embedded in skin, each with short pedicel and thin cup. Lateral line canal an open groove bridged at intervals by scales. Swim bladder present in juveniles, regressed in adults. No Baudelot's ligament and subocular shelf. Steeply slanted neural spines. Vertebrae 25-28. Maximum length about 16 cm. Marine, meso- and bathypelagic to depth of 5,000 m. Feed on crustaceans and fishes. Although frequently used by authors, the spelling Anoplogasteridae is grammtically incorrect. Also Ref. 7463.
Greek, ana = up + Greek, oplon = shield + Greek, gaster = stomach
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  Deep Fin Classification
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[ e.g. 9948]
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Species/Synonymy list for the family Anoplogastridae as currently in FishBase

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination
Anoplogaster cornuta (Valenciennes, 1833)
Hoplostethus cornutus Valenciennes, 1833
! Anoplogaster cornutus (Valenciennes, 1833)
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