Family Champsodontidae 433gapers Marine Indo Pacific


Pelvic fins elongate, in front of pectorals; pectoral fins small, base oblique; spinous dorsal short, with five spines, soft dorsal, with 17-20 rays; anal fin with one spine and 17-20 soft rays. There is no evidence that Champsodon is related to chiasmodontids or to other trachinoids, and Johnson (1993) and Mooi and Johnson (1997) noted that it may be related to the scorpaeniforms. Eocene fossils of Eochampsodon are known from the Northern Caucasus (Bannikov, 2004c). One genus, Champsodon, with about 13 species (Nemeth, 1994).

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