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Family: DRACONETTIDAE, Draconetts


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large eyes
D1 III; D2 12-15
opercle & subopercle: 1 large spine
preopercle no spine
A 0, 12-14

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DRACONETTIDAE

DRACONETTS

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