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  • short, stubby body
    D & A not/barely joined to C
    gill opening tubular
    scales partly overlapping/slightly separated
  • long & slender
    no head pores
    D1 III-VI (rarely VII, I&II close-set)
    D2 I, 10-15
    pelvics in disc
    few scales, just before C base
  • slender, v elongated
    D & A fully joined to C
    gill opening large, not tubular
    scales well separated
  • very elongate
    cirri: +/- on nostrils, eyes, nape & preoperculum
    D spines only
    preopercle covered by skin