As genus with three species, with two found in Australian waters. Characters include: head with finely serrated ridges; preopercle and opercle partly scaled, edges smooth except for serrations above and below angle; lateral line gently arched anteriorly, extending well onto caudal fin; dorsal fin short-based; anal fin similar in shape, with a much longer base, originating below centre of dorsal fin; pelvic-fin origin below bases of last few pectoral-fin rays.
KEY TO AUSTRALIAN SPECIES OF BERYX
1a Dorsal fin with 16 or more segmented rays; body deep, depth 44-50% SL (standard length); anal-fin origin below middle of dorsal fin ..... Beryx decadactylus
1b Dorsal fin with 15 or fewer segmented rays; body somewhat elongate, depth 36-40% SL; anal-fin origin below rear end of dorsal fin ..... Beryx splendens
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Paxton, J.R. 1999. Family Berycidae. pp. 2218-2224 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 2069-2790 pp.
Roberts, C.D. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Berycidae. pp. 415-419 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.