; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes)
A small family of marine fish that have an oval-shaped body, a long-based, continuous, dorsal fin, and an anal fin including seven spines. The pelvic fins have two spines, separated from the three soft rays. Although these fish are considered edible, the numerous spines can inflict painful stings (hence the name ‘happy moments’ reserved for these fish in northern Australia). There are about 10 species.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.