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Family: PERCOPHIDAE, Flatheads, Flatnoses, Duckbills


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elongate; head flattened, snout pointed; eyes above, close-set
D1 VI (thin)
pelvics under operculum, wide between them, I,5
A 0-I

FAMILY PERCOPHIDAE

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)