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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Ateleopodia
Ordo: Ateleopodiformes

Familia: Ateleopodidae
Genus: Ateleopus

Species: A. edentatus – A. indicus – A. japonicus – A. natalensis – A. purpureus – A. tanabensis

Ateleopus Temminck & Schlegel, 1846

Gender: Masculine
Type species: Ateleopus japonicus Bleeker, 1853
Type by subsequent monotypy


Podateles Boulenger, 1902
Vernacular names
English: Jellynoses

Temminck, C.J. & Schlegel, H. 1846: Pisces. In: Fauna Japonica, sive descriptio animalium quae in itinere per Japoniam suscepto annis 1823-30 collegit, notis observationibus et adumbrationibus illustravit P. F. de Siebold. Parts 10-14:173-269.

Boulenger, G.A. 1902: On the genus Ateleopus of Schlegel. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 7) 10 (59): 402–403. BHL


Ateleopus – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
Ateleopus in the World Register of Marine Species
Ateleopus species list in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2023. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 02/2023.
Ateleopus and its species (including synonyms) in Catalog of Fishes, Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2023. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.

Ateleopus is a genus of ray-finned fish in the jellynose family Ateleopodidae. It is the type genus of its family, and the order Ateleopodiformes. For some time, it was known as Podateles, because Ateleopus had been used to replace the frog genus name Atelopus, which was deemed to be a spelling error. This was mistaken, however, and the fish and frog genera reverted to their original names.

This genus occurs in the fossil record since the mid-Miocene.

There are currently 4 recognized species in this genus.[1] Several other species have been described, but these are synonyms.[2]

Ateleopus edentatus Kaga, 2016[3]
Ateleopus indicus Alcock, 1891
Ateleopus japonicus Bleeker, 1854 (Pacific jellynose fish)[2]
Ateleopus natalensis Regan, 1921 (Jelly-head fish)
Ateleopus purpureus Tanaka, 1915
Ateleopus tanabensis Tanaka, 1918


Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). Species of Ateleopus in FishBase. July 2017 version.
Kaga, T., Van Oijen, M.J.P., Kubo, Y. & Kitagawa, E. (2015): Redescription of Ateleopus japonicus Bleeker 1853, a senior synonym of Ateleopus schlegelii van der Hoeven 1855, Ateleopus purpureus Tanaka 1915, and Ateleopus tanabensis Tanaka 1918 with designation of a lectotype for A. japonicus and A. schlegelii (Ateleopodiformes: Ateleopodidae). Zootaxa, 4027 (3): 389–407.
Kaga, T. (2016): A new jellynose, Ateleopus edentatus, from the western Pacific Ocean (Teleostei: Ateleopodiformes: Ateleopodidae). Zootaxa, 4083 (4): 562–568.

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