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22 February 2018 - Dianne J. Bray, John R. Paxton, Jennifer E Gates & Douglass F. Hoese

16 May 2012 - Dianne J. Bray, John R. Paxton & Douglass F. Hoese

20 December 2006 - John R. Paxton, Jennifer E. Gates, Dianne J. Bray & Douglass F. Hoese


Nelson (1994, 2006) recognised three families in the order Albuliformes: the Albulidae, Halosauridae and Notacanthidae. Wang et al. (2003) who did not include halosaurs in their phylogeny, recognised the Albulidae and Notacanthidae as belonging to the Albuliformes. Inoue et al. (2004) included the halosaur Aldrovandia in their study and defined the Albuliformes as comprising the Albulidae, Halosauridae and Notacanthidae. Until relationships are further resolved, we follow Wiley & Johnson (2010) who agreed with Forey et al. (1996) in recognising the Albuliformes as comprising two families, the Albulidae and Pterothrissidae, and placed the Halosauridae and Notacanthidae in the order Notacanthiformes. Nelson et al. (2016) considered the Albuliformes as comprising the single family Albulidae, with two subfamilies, the Albulinae and the Pterothrissinae (confined to the eastern Atlantic and Japan). Smith (1984), Forey et al. (1996) and Nelson et al. (2006) discussed relationships of the group.

Members of the Albulidae occur in Australia, and species are found in coastal and freshwater habitats.


General References

Forey, P.L., Littlewood, D.T.J., Ritchie, P. & Meyer, A. 1996. Interrelationships of elopomorph fishes. pp. 175-192 in Stiassny, M.L.J., Parenti, L.R. & Johnson, G.D. (eds). Interrelationships of Fishes. San Diego : Academic Press 496 pp.

Inoue, J.G., Miya, M., Tsukamoto, K. & Nishida, M. 2004. Mitogenomic evidence for the monophyly of elopomorph fishes (Teleostei) and the evolutionary origin of the leptocephalus larva. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 32(1): 274-286 [Date published July 2004]

Nelson, J.S. 1994. Fishes of the World. New York : John Wiley & Sons 600 pp.

Nelson, J.S. 2006. Fishes of the World. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 601 pp. [111-114]

Nelson, J.S., Grande, T.C. & Wilson, M.V.H. 2016. Fishes of the World. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons 5, 752 pp.

Smith, D.G. 1984. Elopiformes, Notacanthiformes and Anguilliformes: relationships. pp. 94-102 figs 45-54 in Moser, H.G. et al. (eds). Ontogeny and Systematics of Fishes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Special Publication 1: 1-760

Wang, C.H., Kuo, C.H., Mok, H.K. & Lee, S.C. 2003. Molecular phylogeny of elopomorph fishes inferred from mitochondrial 12S ribosomal RNA sequences. Zoologica Scripta 32(3): 231-241 [Date published May 2003]

Wiley, E.O. & Johnson, G.D. 2010. A teleost classification based on monophyletic groups. pp. 123-182 in Nelson, J.S., Schultze, H.-P. & Wilson, M.V.H. Origin and Phylogenetic Interrelationships of Teleosts. M√ľnchen, Germany : Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil 480 pp. [131]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Mar-2019 ELOPOMORPHA 02-Oct-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese (AM)
27-Jul-2016 ELOPOMORPHA 24-Aug-2016 MODIFIED
27-Jul-2016 28-May-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)