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; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes)

A small family of marine, deep-bodied fish that have a steep forehead, a produced snout, and a small mouth. The dorsal fin is composed of strong spines as well as soft fin-rays. Pentacerotidae are usually found in deeper waters off shore and inhabit warm to temperate waters between S. Africa and the eastern Pacific coast. There are about 12 species.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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