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The Aracanidae are a family of bony fishes related to the boxfishes. They are somewhat more primitive than the true boxfishes, but have a similar protective covering of thickened scale plates. They are found in the Indian Ocean and the west Pacific. Unlike the true boxfishes, they inhabit deep waters, of over 200 metres (660 ft) in depth.[2]

Fossil Species [edit]

The family is represented in the fossil record by the extinct genus Proaracana with the single species P. dubia known from the Middle Eocene of Italy.

References [edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Aracanidae" in FishBase. October 2012 version.
  2. ^ Matsura, Keiichi & Tyler, James C. (1998). In Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 229. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 


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