Re: NANFA-- OT: African Butterfly Fish

Christopher Scharpf (
Wed, 12 Jan 2000 11:55:49 -0400

Winner! Winner! Winner!

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." What many hobbyists don't realize is
that two relatives of the giant arowana and comical elephantfishes live in North
America--the mooneye and the goldeye, collectively called mooneyes.

Chris Scharpf

From: "R.W.Wolff" <>
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Subject: Re: NANFA-- OT: African Butterfly Fish
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 11:13:38 -0600

How about the mooneye and golden eye? I thought I read someplace they are
closely related to arowannas.

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