Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Description

Distribution: Indo-Pacific. Compressed and deep-bodied like butterflyfishes. Mouth non-protrusible. Pelvics with axillary process. Deep notch on dorsal fin. First spine in dorsal fin procumbent. Spines in anal fin 4. Sixteen branched rays in caudal fin. Vertebrae 23 (11 + 12). To about 35 cm maximum length.
  • MASDEA (1997).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:81
Specimens with Sequences:55
Specimens with Barcodes:55
Species:3
Species With Barcodes:3
Public Records:27
Public Species:2
Public BINs:7
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Scatophagidae

The scats are a small family, Scatophagidae, of fishes in the order Perciformes.

They are small fish native to the Indian and western Pacific Oceans that have been popular in the aquarium trade in the last 30 years. Although juvenile scats may live in a freshwater environment, most adult scats prefer a brackish water environment. However, the African scat, Scatophagus tetracanthus, can and does live in fresh water in the wild. The largest species reaches 38 cm in length and some have been known to live more than 20 years in captivity given the proper water conditions. They are scavengers, feeding on algae and feces, hence their name, from Greek skatos meaning "feces" and phagein meaning "eat".

Species[edit]

The four species in two genera are:

Timeline[edit]

QuaternaryNeogenePaleogeneHolocenePleist.Plio.MioceneOligoceneEocenePaleoceneScatophagusQuaternaryNeogenePaleogeneHolocenePleist.Plio.MioceneOligoceneEocenePaleocene

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