Re: NANFA-- fish trivia question correction

Christopher Scharpf (
Tue, 27 Aug 2002 18:02:51 -0400

You could let a non-Ph.D. take a crack at answering the question first, but,
alas, you are correct.

Most tropical fish hobbyists are familiar with arowanas, the African
butterfly fish, and species of the mormyrid family commonly referred to as
elephant or elephantnose fishes. What these fishes have in common is teeth
on the tongue which bite against similarly toothed bones in the roof of the
mouth. For this unique anatomical feature these fishes are called
osteoglossimorphs (or osteoglossiforms), meaning "bony tongue."

Chris Scharpf

> From: "Bruce Stallsmith" <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 15:31:56 -0400
> To:
> Subject: Re: NANFA-- fish trivia question correction
>> Oops. I forgot the word "which":
>> Which North American native fishes are most closely related to the
>> elephant-noses?
>> Chris Scharpf
>> Baltimore
> The two species of mooneyes in the genus Hiodon, part of the superorder
> Osteoglossamorpha as are the Mormyrid electric fishes in Africa.
> --Bruce Stallsmith
> Huntsville, AL, US of A
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