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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lophiiformes
Family: Brachionichthyidae
Genus: Thymichthys
Last & Gledhill, 2009

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Thymichthys is a genus in the family Brachionichthyidae (commonly known as "handfishes"). Like other handfishes, they move by means of walking on their pectoral fins, which resemble hands.


Thymichthys is distinguished by its wart-like protuberances, strongly demarcated sensory scales, and dermal appendages. The coloring is a bright pattern of blotches, spots, and reticulations. [1]

The name Thymichthys comes from the Greek thymos (warty excrescence) and ichthys (fish). [1]


The currently recognized species in this genus are:

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  1. 1 2 Last, P.R.; Gledhill, D.C. 2009: A revision of the Australian handfishes (Lophiiformes: Brachionichthyidae), with descriptions of three new genera and nine new species. Zootaxa, 2252: 1-77. Abstract and excerpt PDF