Order ATELEOPODIFORMES (Jellynose Fishes)

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Family ATELEOPODIDAE Jellynose Fishes
4 genera • 11 species

Ateleopus Temminck & Schlegel 1846    ateles, imperfect; pous, foot, referring to reduced ventral fin on adults, composed of a single elongate filament composed internally of two rays (young specimens have up to 10 rays)

Ateleopus edentatus Kaga 2016    toothless, referring to absence of teeth in upper jaws

Ateleopus indicus Alcock 1891    Indian, referring to Indian Ocean, where it is endemic

Ateleopus japonicus Bleeker 1853    Japanese, referring to its type locality off Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (occurs throughout western Pacific from Japan south to Australia and the Coral Sea)

Guentherus Osório 1917    us, adjectival suffix: name not identified but almost certainly in honor of ichthyologist-herpetologist Albert Günther (1830-1914), whose works are cited many time by Osório

Guentherus altivela Osório 1917    etymology not explained, possibly altus, high; velum, sail, referring to high dorsal fin (a character not mentioned in description)

Guentherus katoi Senou, Kuwayama & Hirate 2008    in honor of Tatsuya Kato, a fisherman, who collected type

Ijimaia Sauter 1905    ia, belonging to: zoologist Isao ljima (also spelled Iijima, 1861-1921), Science College, Imperial University of Tokyo an “assiduous explorer” of the Sagami Sea, where type species, I. dofleini, occurs

Ijimaia antillarum Howell Rivero 1935    of the Antilles, referring to type locality several miles east of Havana, Cuba

Ijimaia dofleini Sauter 1905    in honor of zoologist Franz Doflein (1873-1924), University of Munich, who led Sauter to the study of marine life, as a token of his thankfulness

Ijimaia fowleri Howell Rivero 1935    in honor of ichthyologist Henry Weed Fowler (1878-1965), Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, for his “critical advice and help in the development” of Howell Rivero’s work

Ijimaia loppei Roule 1922    in honor of Etienne Loppé (1883-1954), Chief Curator, Lafaille Museum of Natural History (La Rochelle, France), who donated two specimens for Roule to study

Ijimaia plicatellus (Gilbert 1905)    diminutive of plico, fold, referring to “finely plicate” upper and lower lips as in the sucker family Catostomidae (Cypriniformes)

Parateleopus Smith & Radcliffe 1912    para-, near, referring to similarity to Ateleopus, from which it differs in the greatly reduced size of dorsal fin (which consists of only three short rays) and in the much smaller size of the mouth

Parateleopus microstomus Smith & Radcliffe 1912    micro-, small; stomus, mouth, referring to much smaller mouth compared to Ateleopus