Series: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society Volume: 105/3
126 pages, 8 plates with colour photos; 23 colour photos and colour illustrations, 5 b/w maps, 20 tables
The family Callanthiidae contains two genera, Callanthias (with seven species) and Grammatonotus (with six nominal species). William D. Anderson, G. David Johnson, and Carole C. Baldwin provide characters that distinguish callanthiids from other percoids and that distinguish Callanthias from Grammatonotus, descriptions of Callanthias and its seven species, a key to the species of Callanthias, and comments on other aspects of the biology of the species of the genus.
The splendid perches, Callanthias, make up one of two genera in the marine perciform family Callanthiidae. The seven species of these brightly colored, often stunning, planktivorous fishes are found in moderately deep waters, most commonly around rocky reefs and pinnacles. As suggested by their scientific name, they show some resemblance to members of the unrelated serranid subfamily Anthiinae. The authors' initial interest in the splendid perches emanated not from their spectacular coloration but from specific features of their morphology and their bearing on possible relationships to other perciform fishes.
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