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Genypterus capensis (Smith 1847)


Currently Accepted Name: Genypterus capensis (Smith 1847)

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Domain : Eukaryota
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Superclass : Gnathostomata
Grade : Teleostomi
Class : Actinopterygii
Subclass : Neopterygii
Division : Teleostei
Subdivision : Euteleostei
Superorder : Paracanthopterygii
Order : Ophidiiformes
Family : Ophidiidae
Genus : Genypterus
Species : capensis

Selected Name

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Name: Genypterus capensis
Author: (Smith 1847)
Genus: Genypterus
Species: capensis

Current Name

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Current Name: Genypterus capensis
Current Author: (Smith 1847)
Current Genus: Genypterus
Current Species: capensis
Current Summary: Genypterus capensis (Smith 1847) Ophidiidae.

Original Name

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Original Name: Xiphiurus capensis
Original Author: Smith 1847
Original Genus Species: Xiphiurus capensis
Original Genus: Xiphiurus
Original Species: capensis

Original Description

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Original Name:Xiphiurus capensis Smith 1847
Reference: [ref. 4035]
Journal Acronym: BOOK
Journal: Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa; consisting chiefly of figures and descriptions of the objects of natural history ...
Article: Pisces. In: Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa; consisting chiefly of figures and descriptions of the objects of natural history collected during an expedition into the interior of South Africa in 1834-36.
Citation: v. 4
Pages: 77 unnumb. pp
Drawings: accompanying Pls. 1-31
Text Page: no pagination
Illustrations: Pl. 31
Type Locality: Near entrance to Table Bay, South Africa.
Types: Syntypes: BMNH (2, stuffed, not seen).


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* Valid as Genypterus capensis (Smith 1847).

Nielsen & Cohen 1986 - [ref. 5700] - Family No. 96: Ophidiidae (pp. 345-350). In: Smiths' Sea Fishes (Smith & Heemstra 1986 [ref. 5715]). Page: 347

Nielsen 1990 - [ref. 16246] - Ophidiidae (pp. 564-573), Bythitidae (pp. 574-575), Aphyonidae (pp. 576-577), Carapidae (p. 578), Parabrotulidae (p. 891), Psettodidae (p. 1024), Citharidae (p. 1025), Scophthalmidae (p. 1026). In: Quéro et al. 1990 [ref. 15946]. Page: 569

Bianchi & Carpenter in Bianchi et al. 1993 - [ref. 25472] - FAO Species Identification Field Guide for Fisheries Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of Namibia. FAO, Rome Page: 144

Robins in Nielsen et al. 1999 - [ref. 24448] - FAO species catalogue. Volume 18. Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiirorm fishes known to date. Page: 29, 31

Heemstra & Heemstra 2004 - [ref. 28072] - Coastal Fishes of Southern Africa. NISC and SAIAB. Page: 119

Distribution and Habitat

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Water Type: Salt
Habitat: bathydemersal
Depth Range: 50.0 to 500.0 metres
164.0 to 1640.4 feet
Distribution: Southeaster Atlantic and southwestern Indian Ocean off southern Africa.


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Maximum Length: 1800mm(TL)
70.87" (TL)


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Genypterus capensis (Smith 1847)
new combination
Xiphiurus capensis Smith 1847original combinationNo
Hoplophycis lalandi Kaup 1858junior synonymNo


Common Names

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Common NameUsed InLanguage
KinglipUnited KingdomEnglish
KingklipSouth AfricaEnglish
KingklipSmiths' Sea FishesEnglish
KoningklipSouth AfricaAfrikaans
KingklipUnited KingdomEnglish
Abadèche du CapFranceFrench
Abadèche royale du capFranceFrench
Abadejo do CaboPortugalPortuguese
Abrótia sul-africanaMozambiquePortuguese
Congribadejo del CaboSpainSpanish
KingclipGermany, Fed. Rep.German
Mietus królewskiPolandPolish

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Distribution of Genypterus capensis

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