Family: DRACONETTIDAE, Draconetts
preopercle no spine
Body elongate, rounded; head large; snout pointed; eyes very large; top jaw protractile; teeth in jaws small, slender, fine, in narrow bands; preopercle without a spine; opercle and subopercle each with a strong, simple, back-pointing spine; gill opening wide; two dorsal fins, III (strong, sharp) + 12-15 (the last ray divided at its base); anal fin with long base, 0, 12–14 (the last ray divided at its base), pectoral fin large, rounded; pelvic fin I, 5, long, pointed, extends past anal fin origin; caudal fin truncate; lateral line present, grooved; scales absent.
Small deepwater benthic fishes; 2 genera with 12 species
PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER FAO