; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes)
A family of coastal marine fish that have oval-shaped, compressed bodies, small mouths, and joined, spinous, soft-rayed dorsal fins. Many species are known to be live-bearing. Rhacochilus toxotes (rubberlip sea-perch) reaches a length of about 40 cm: the other 22 species are smaller. All are found in the northern Atlantic.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.