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Family: LUVARIDAE, Louvar, Luvar


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body v compressed, elongate, oval, tapering
head deep, forehead convex
D & A low, at rear, long bases, similar
C forked, base with 3 keels
small mouth before low eye
pelvics tiny
skin spiny

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FAMILY LUVARIDAE

LUVAR

The luvar is a large fish (2 m) that has an elongate, oval, compressed body that tapers to slender tail base; head deep, compressed, forehead profile convex; eyes low, behind small horizontal mouth; 1 continuous dorsal fin, long, low, origin at ~ mid-body; anal fin similar to and under dorsal fin; dorsal and anal fins of adults without spines (dorsal with II spines in juvenile); pelvic fins tiny; pectoral fin long, pointed; tail fin large, semicircular, with 1 large and 2 small keels on tail base; skin rough, covered with tiny spines.

The single species in this family is a circumglobal, tropical to subtropical.

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON.