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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Ophidiiformes
Family: Bythitidae
Subfamily: Bythitinae
J. G. Nielsen & Schwarzhans, 2011
Type species
Timorichthys disjunctus
J. G. Nielsen & Schwarzhans, 2011

Timorichthys is a genus of viviparous brotulas so far known from the East China Sea and the Timor Sea.

A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family. In binomial nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the binomial species name for each species within the genus.

Viviparous brotula family of fishes

The viviparous brotulas form a family, the Bythitidae, of ophidiiform fishes. They are known as viviparous brotulas as they generally bear live young, although there are indications that some species do not. They are generally infrequently seen, somewhat tadpole-like in overall shape and mostly about 5–10 cm (2–4 in) in length, but some species grow far larger and may surpass 60 cm (2 ft).

East China Sea A marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean between the south of Korea, the south of Kyushu, Japan, the Ryukyu islands and mainland China

The East China Sea is a marginal sea east of China. The East China Sea is a part of the Pacific Ocean and covers an area of roughly 1,249,000 square kilometres (482,000 sq mi). To the east lies the Japanese island of Kyushu and the Ryukyu Islands, to the south, lies the South China Sea, and to the west by the Asian continent. The sea connects with the Sea of Japan through the Korea Strait and opens to the north into the Yellow Sea. The countries which border the sea include Japan, Taiwan and China.


There are currently two recognized species in this genus: [1] [2]

Timorichthys disjunctus is a species of viviparous brotula found in the Timor Sea where it occurs at depths of around 392 metres (1,286 ft). This species grows to a length of 3.9 centimetres (1.5 in) SL.

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  1. Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Timorichthys in FishBase . April 2013 version.
  2. 1 2 Nielsen, J.G., Okamoto, M. & Schwarzhans, W. (2013): A new species of Timorichthys (Ophidiiformes: Bythitidae) from the East China Sea. Ichthyological Research, doi: 10.1007/s10228-013-0341-3.