Family Lepidogalaxiidae - Salamanderfishes
No. in FishBase
Genera : 1 | Species : 1 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : Yes | Brackish : No | Marine : No
  First Fossil Record
This monotypic family is composed of the bizarre salamanderfish, Lepidogalaxias salamandroides, which is found only in the southwest corner of Western Australia in pools and streams on heathland peat flats between the Blackwood and Kent Rivers, a distance of about 180 km centered on the village of Northcliffe. This species has an elongate, slender, scaled body and a blunt head. The dorsal fin is tall and usually held erect with 5-7 dorsal rays. The pelvic fins are abdominal with elongate rays. The anal fin of males possesses modified rays and becomes noticably sexually dimorphic at 25 mm TL. The anal fin is covered with a scaly sheath. Females develop a genital papilla. The caudal fin is lanceolate. The phylogenetic relationships of this family are not certain. Recent studies have arrived at different conclusions. It does not neatly fit into a primary, secondary or peripheral division catagory. This situation may become clearer when we know its ancestry. It may turn out to be a very ancient lineage.
Greek, lepis, -idos = scale + Greek, galaxias = milk, milky ( Ref. 45335).
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  Deep Fin Classification
Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Osteoglossocephalai | Clupeocephala | Euteleosteomorpha | Lepidogalaxii | | | | | | | | | Lepidogalaxiiformes | | | Lepidogalaxiidae

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[ e.g. 9948]
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Species/Synonymy list for the family Lepidogalaxiidae as currently in FishBase

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