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; class Osteichthyes, subclass Actinopterygii)

A fairly small family of marine or freshwater catfishes that have an eel-like body, tapering towards the tail, four pairs of barbels around the mouth, a short dorsal fin, and pectoral fins which each bear a sharp, poisonous spine that can inflict painful wounds. There are about 30 species. The marine species are found in Indo-Pacific waters and especially around New Guinea and Australia, the freshwater species in Australian rivers.

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