Family: PERCOPHIDAE, Flathead Duckbill, Duckbills, Flatnoses, Flatheads
elongate; head flattened, snout pointed; eyes above, close-set
D1 VI (thin)
pelvics under operculum, wide between them, I,5
DUCKBILLS, FLATNOSES, FLATHEADS
Small fishes (10-30 cm); body elongate; head depressed, snout pointed; eyes large, above, close-set; jaw teeth simple; teeth present on center and sides of roof of mouth; two dorsal fins, 1st - VI thin spines; anal fin 0-I spines; pelvic fins I, 5, under operculum, wide between those fins; scales rough; lateral line with 31-87 scales.
Two genera with 8 species in the NW Atlantic.
PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER THOMPSON (2002)