Currently, four genera and at least 11 species are recognised (Last et al. 2002), with three genera and three described species recorded for Australia. The maximum size attained by a bovichtid in Australian waters is 36 cm.
|Bovichtids are restricted to the southern oceans in temperate regions of Australia, New Zealand and South America as well as Antarctic and Subantarctic waters.|
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