Cleidopus gloriamaris

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Pineapplefish
Pineapplefish off Fly Point, New South Wales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beryciformes
Family: Monocentridae
Genus: Cleidopus
De Vis, 1882
Species: C. gloriamaris
Binomial name
Cleidopus gloriamaris
De Vis, 1882

The pineapplefish, Cleidopus gloriamaris, is a species of fish. It is also known as the knightfish or the coat-of-mail fish, due to the scales on its body. Some people call it the port-and-starboard light fish, as it has a pair of bright spots that are like a ship's lights.[1] "Gloriamaris" is from the Latin language gloria and maris, means "glory of the sea".[2]

Distribution and habitat[change | edit source]

The pineapplefish is found near Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia.[3] It lives at a depth of 6-200 meters (20-660 ft).

Family[change | edit source]

The pineapplefish is a member of the Pinecone fish family. The pineapplefish is the largest Pinecone species, reaching up to 30 centimetres (12 in) in length.[4]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Burgess, W. and Axelrod, H.R. (1973). Pacific Marine Fishes (second ed.). T.F.H. Publications. ISBN 0876661231.
  2. Ogilby, J.D. (1900). "Contributions to Australian Ichthyology". The Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales For the Year 1899. F. Cunninghame & Co..
  3. Wheeler, A. (1985). The World Encyclopedia of Fishes. Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.. ISBN 0356107159.
  4. Paxton, John R. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N.. ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 161–162. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.