Common name: Trevallas, medusafishes



Large, often bulky, wide ranging fishes, many occurring in or over deep waters, some coastal and inshore. 

Centrolophids vary in form, with some having two distinctly separate dorsal fins and others with a nearly continuous or uninterrupted dorsal fin. Numerous pores are present on the head and back, and the jaw teeth are very fine and arranged in a single row. Scales are very small and easily dislodged.

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Family Taxonomy

Currently, seven genera and 29 species are recognised, with all genera and 13 described species are known from Australian waters.

Family Distribution

Found worldwide in tropical to temperate waters. Centrolophids are pelagic, usually  in or over deep waters in the open ocean, sometimes in association with seamounts. A few species are found in coastal and inshore waters.oceanic environments.

Family Size

Some species are very large, with the maximum length exceeding 1.4 m.


DIanne J. Bray & Martin F. Gomon


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