; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes)
A small family of marine fish that have a fairly deep body, a large head with a large mouth, a single, continuous, dorsal fin, and a rounded tail fin. The first half of the lateral line runs close to the base of the dorsal fin. Several species are quite colourful. They tend to hide near rock ledges. The family is distributed in the Indo-Australian region.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.