; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes)
A small family of coastal marine fish that have an elongate body, long dorsal and anal fins, oblique mouth, and lack pelvic fins. Cryptacanthodes maculatus (Atlantic wrymouth), 1 m long, often hides in burrows beneath the surface of the seabottom. Wrymouths are found in temperate waters of the Atlantic and Pacific.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.