, Luvarus imperialis
, is a species of perciform
fish, the only extant species in the genus Luvarus
and family Luvaridae
. Other species and genera are only known from fossils dating back to the Paleogene
. It is closely related to the surgeonfish
. The juvenile form has a pair of spines near the base of the tail, like the surgeonfish, though they are lost in the adult.
It is a big ellipsoidal fish, growing to two metres in length. It is pink in color and possesses a characteristic bulging forehead.
It is found in surface waters of temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world. It feeds on jellyfish, ctenophores and other soft-bodied planktonic animals.
Extinct Louvar Taxa
- Louvar. Australian Museum Fish Site. Retrieved on 31 March., 2006.
- "Phylogenetic Revision of the Fish Families Luvaridae and †Kushlukiidae (Acanthuroidei), with a New Genus and Two New Species of Eocene Luvarids"