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Stout beardfish, Polymixia nobilis
Stout beardfish, Polymixia nobilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Polymixiiformes
Family: Polymixiidae
Polymixia Lowe, 1838
Berycopsis (extinct)
Dalmatichthys (extinct)
Omosoma (extinct)
Omosomopsis (extinct)

The beardfishes are a small family (Polymixiidae) of deep-sea marine ray-finned fish named for their pair of long hyoid barbels.

They are found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Ocean.


Ten species of the single extant genus Polymixia are known,[1] along with several fossil genera.

At present they are classified in their own order Polymixiiformes,[2] but as Nelson says, "few groups have been shifted back and forth as frequently as this one".[3] Previous groupings include Beryciformes.

  • Beardfish, Polymixia lowei GŁnther, 1859.
    Pacific beardfish, Polymixia berndti Gilbert, 1905.
    Polymixia salagomeziensis Kotlyar, 1991.
    Polymixia fusca Kotthaus, 1970.
    Polymixia yuri Kotlyar, 1982.
    Polymixia longispina Deng, Xiong & Zhan, 1983.
    Stout beardfish, Polymixia nobilis Lowe, 1838.
    Polymixia busakhini Kotlyar, 1993.
    Polymixia sazonovi Kotlyar, 1992.
    Silver eye, Polymixia japonica GŁnther, 1877.


  1. ^ "Polymixiidae". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. February 2006 version. N.p.: FishBase, 2006.
  2. ^ "Polymixiiformes". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. February 2006 version. N.p.: FishBase, 2006.
  3. ^ Joseph S. Nelson. Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-54713-1.

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