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Family: Monodactylidae Moonyfishes or fingerfishes

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6 species (see list below)

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Photo by Field, R.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 27 cm SL
Monodactylus argenteus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Field, R.
Monodactylus argenteus
[Silver moony]

Photo by FAO

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 31 cm TL
Monodactylus falciformis Lacepède, 1801

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Monodactylus falciformis
[Full moony]
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Indian Ocean
Max. Length 7.8 cm SL

Monodactylus kottelati

Photo by AquaNet

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Monodactylus sebae (Cuvier, 1829)

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Monodactylus sebae
[African moony]

Photo by Banks, I.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner, 1866

Photo by Banks, I.
Schuettea scalaripinnis
[Eastern pomfred]

Photo by Good, P.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 24 cm TL
Schuettea woodwardi (Waite, 1905)

Photo by Good, P.
Schuettea woodwardi
[Woodwards pomfret]
6 Species of Family Monodactylidae
(Moonyfishes or fingerfishes)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1758 Monodactylus argenteus Silver moony Indo-West Pacific 27 SL
1801 Monodactylus falciformis Full moony Western Indian Ocean 31 TL
1991 Monodactylus kottelati Indian Ocean 7.8 SL
1829 Monodactylus sebae African moony Eastern Atlantic 25 TL
1866 Schuettea scalaripinnis Eastern pomfred Southwest Pacific 20 TL
1905 Schuettea woodwardi Woodwards pomfret Eastern Indian Ocean 24 TL

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