Common name: Signalfishes
Until relatively recently, this group was treated as a subfamily of both the Percophidae (Nelson 2006) and Trichonotidae (Smith & Johnson 2007). Subfamilies of each group are here treated as distinct families, with the Hemerocoetidae being recognised as a distinct family by Thacker et al (2015). 

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Signalfishes, HEMEROCOETIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 May 2024,


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Smith, D.G. & Johnson, G.D. 2007. A new species of Pteropsaron (Teleostei: Trichonotidae: Hemerocoetinae) from the western Pacific, with notes on related species. Copeia 2007(2): 364–377.
Thacker, C.E., Takashi P., Satoh, T.P., Katayama, T., Harrington, R.C., Eytan, R.I. & Near, T.J. 2015. Molecular phylogeny of Percomorpha resolves Trichonotus as the sister lineage to Gobioidei (Teleostei: Gobiiformes) and confirms the polyphyly of Trachinoidei. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 93: 172–179. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.08.001