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Driftfish
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Nomeidae, the driftfishes, are a family of perciform fishes found in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. The family includes about 16 species. The largest species, such as the Cape fathead, Cubiceps capensis, reach 1 m in length.

Several species are found in association with siphonophores (which are colonies of tiny individual animals that have specialised functions which resemble jellyfish) such as the Portuguese man o' war; the man-of-war fish, Nomeus gronovii, is known to eat its tentacles and gonads, as well as feeding on other jellyfishes. Other species of driftfishes are associated with the floating seaweed Sargassum. The Cape fathead feeds mainly on salps. Some species of Cubiceps are occasionally caught on pelagic longlines set for swordfish.

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Man-of-war fish, Nomeus gronovii
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Silver driftfish, Psenes maculatus

Timeline of genera

References

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2014). "Nomeidae" in FishBase. February 2014 version.
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Driftfish: Brief Summary
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Nomeidae, the driftfishes, are a family of perciform fishes found in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. The family includes about 16 species. The largest species, such as the Cape fathead, Cubiceps capensis, reach 1 m in length.

Several species are found in association with siphonophores (which are colonies of tiny individual animals that have specialised functions which resemble jellyfish) such as the Portuguese man o' war; the man-of-war fish, Nomeus gronovii, is known to eat its tentacles and gonads, as well as feeding on other jellyfishes. Other species of driftfishes are associated with the floating seaweed Sargassum. The Cape fathead feeds mainly on salps. Some species of Cubiceps are occasionally caught on pelagic longlines set for swordfish.

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Distribution: tropical and subtropical seas. Adults with pelvic fins. First dorsal fin with 9-12 slender spines. Second dorsal fin with 0-3 spines; soft rays 15-32. Anal fin spines 1-3; soft rays 14-30. About 1 m maximum length.
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