SELECT DISTINCT SPECIES.Genus AS ResultField1, SPECIES.Species AS ResultField2, SPECIES.Author AS ResultField3, SPECIES.FBname AS ResultField4, SPECIES.FamCode AS ResultField5, SPECIES.SpecCode AS ID_Field, SPECIES.Length AS ResultField6, SPECIES.LTypeMaxM AS ResultField7, SPECIES.LengthFemale AS ResultField20, SPECIES.LTypeMaxF AS ResultField21, synonyms.year, FAMILIES.CommonName, FAMILIES.Family FROM (SPECIES LEFT JOIN synonyms ON SPECIES.SpecCode = synonyms.SpecCode) INNER JOIN FAMILIES ON SPECIES.FamCode = FAMILIES.FamCode WHERE (FAMILIES.FamCode =SPECIES.FamCode) AND (synonyms.valid <> 0) And ((FAMILIES.FamCode)=187) AND ((Families.Order)= 'Ophidiiformes') AND ((Species.Genus) = 'Carapus') AND ((Species.Subfamily) = 'Carapinae') And ((FAMILIES.Class)='Actinopterygii') ORDER BY species.genus, species.species Fish Identification
Other identification tools | FishBase

Fish Identification: Find Species

Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Ophidiiformes
Family: Carapidae Pearlfishes
Subfamily: Carapinae
Genus: Carapus

(See list of species below)

Select Class:     Select Order:   
Select Family: Subfamily:     Select Genus:

Select Ocean (marine/brackish) or Continent (freshwater):
Select a country:
Only include species occuring above: m

Total number of spines in dorsal and anal fins (optional).      Enter total length (TL) and maximum body depth (BD)

Show family drawings / Hide family drawings

5 species in
(see list below)
Export file

1 of 1 Jump to:

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20.8 cm TL
Carapus acus (Brünnich, 1768)

Photo by Wirtz, P.
Carapus acus
[Pearl fish]

Photo by Flescher, D.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Carapus bermudensis (Jones, 1874)

Photo by Flescher, D.
Carapus bermudensis
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL

Carapus dubius
[Pacific pearlfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Max. Length 17 cm TL
Carapus mourlani (Petit, 1934)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Carapus mourlani
[Star pearlfish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL

Carapus sluiteri
[Sluiter's pearlfish]

5 species

Sort by: Species Length Year
1 of 1 Jump to:
Export file
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Carapus acus Pearl fish Eastern Atlantic 20.8 TL 1768
Carapus bermudensis Pearlfish Western Atlantic 20 TL 1874
Carapus dubius Pacific pearlfish Eastern Pacific 15 TL 1874
Carapus mourlani Star pearlfish Indo-Pacific 17 TL 1934
Carapus sluiteri Sluiter's pearlfish Western Central Pacific 10 TL 1905

Other identification tools in FishBase

Quick Identification
Identification keys
Identification by morphometrics
Identification by pictures:
          If you already know the Family, go to Search FishBase, select Family and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the family.

          If you already know the Country, go to
Search FishBase, select Country and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the country.

          If you already know the Ecosystem, go to
Search FishBase, select Ecosystem and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the ecosystem.
cfm script by eagbayani, 30.11.04, ,  php script by cmilitante, 05/11/2010 ,  last modified by cmilitante, 14/03/2013