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Superregnum : Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
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: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio: Lampripterygii
Superordo: Lampridiomorpha
Ordo: Lampridiformes
Subordo: Veliferoidei

Familia: Veliferidae
Genera (2): Metavelifer – Velifer

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2006. FishBase, version (02/2006). [1]

Vernacular names
日本語: クサアジ科


Sailfin moonfishes are a small family, Veliferidae, of lampriform fishes found in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. Unlike other lampriforms, they live in shallow, coastal waters, of less than 100 m (330 ft) depth, rather than in the deep ocean. They are also much smaller than most of their relatives, up to 30 cm (12 in) in length, and have deep, rather than elongated, bodies. They are characterised by their ability to retract the anterior rays of their dorsal and anal fins into a sheath.[1]

The two extant species in two genera are:

Genus Metavelifer Walters, 1960
Metavelifer multiradiatus (Regan, 1907)
Genus Velifer Temminck and Schlegel, 1850
Velifer hypselopterus Bleeker, 1879

A prehistoric fossil member of the family is Veronavelifer, from the Eocene of Italy.


Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Veliferidae" in FishBase. February 2013 version.

Olney, John E. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 157–158. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.

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