Chanos chanos
Dastilbe (Alice Chodura) 1.JPG
110 million year old fossil †Dastilbe from Brazil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gonorynchiformes
Suborder: Chanoidea
Family: Chanidae
Günther, 1868
Type genus
Lacepède, 1803
  • †Rubiesichthyinae
  • Chaninae

Chanidae is a family of fishes which has a number of fossil genera and one monotypic extant genus which contains the milkfish (Chanos chanos).[1]


The family Chanidae is subdivided into two subfamilies, the Rubiesichthyinae, which comprises the extinct genera †Gordichthys, †Nanaichthys and †Rubiesichthys from the early Cretaceous, and the Chaninae which comprises the sole extant genus Chanos and the extinct genera †Dastilbe, †Parachanos and †Tharrhias, also from the early Cretacaeous.[2]


  1. ^ R. Froese; D. Pauly, eds. (2017). "Chanos chanos (Forsskål, 1775) Milkfish". Fishbase. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. ^ Nelson, Joseph, S. (2006). Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-25031-7.