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Family: CAPROIDAE, Boarfishes


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romboidal, v compressed
head - radiating bony ridges
nape - distinct crest
D continuous, VIII-IX
mouth small, oblique
A II-III
pelvics I, 5
scales with toothed keel

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FAMILY CAPROIDAE

BOARFISHES

Body deep, rhomboidal, strongly compressed; upper and lower body profiles convex; head small, with radiating bony ridges; forehead profile concave; a distinct crest along nape; eyes large; mouth small, oblique, opens at front, top jaw protrusible; dorsal fin continuous, VIII-IX spines, 3rd longest; anal fin II-III spines, 1st longest, spines separate from rays; soft dorsal and anal fins with long bases, scaly sheaths; pectoral fins bluntly pointed, with I spine, 12-13 rays; pelvic fins I, 5; tail fin bluntly straight to rounded; scales with a toothed keel at rear + small teeth.

Circumglobal; one genus with 7 species; two in our area but only one worldwide species entering shallow water there.

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER PARIN (2002)