; 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.