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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 handfish family Brachionichthyidae. 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 generic epithet is derived 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