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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Perciformes/Scorpaenoidei
Family: Aploactinidae Velvetfishes

Genus: Paraploactis

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Paraploactis hongkongiensis
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Paraploactis intonsa
[Bearded velvetfish]

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Paraploactis kagoshimensis (Ishikawa, 1904)

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Paraploactis kagoshimensis

Western Pacific.
Max. Length 5 cm TL
Paraploactis obbesi (Weber, 1913)

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Paraploactis obbesi
[Sulu velvetfish]

Western Pacific

Paraploactis pulvinus Poss & Eschmeyer, 1978

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Paraploactis pulvinus
[Pillow velvetfish]
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Paraploactis taprobanensis
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Paraploactis trachyderma
[Mossback velvetfish]

7 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Paraploactis hongkongiensis Western Central Pacific. 1966
Paraploactis intonsa Bearded velvetfish Eastern Indian Ocean 1978
Paraploactis kagoshimensis Northwest Pacific 12 TL 1904
Paraploactis obbesi Sulu velvetfish Western Pacific. 5 TL 1913
Paraploactis pulvinus Pillow velvetfish Western Pacific 1978
Paraploactis taprobanensis Western Indian Ocean. Sr 1933
Paraploactis trachyderma Mossback velvetfish Indo-Pacific 1865

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