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Snyderina yamanokami
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Tetrarogidae
J. L. B. Smith, 1949

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The waspfishes are a family, the Tetrarogidae, of scorpaeniform fishes native to the Indian Ocean and the West Pacific. They are closely related to the scorpionfishes. As their name suggests, waspfishes are often venomous; having poison glands on their spines. They are bottom-dwelling fish, living at depths of up to 300 metres (980 ft).[1] They are small fish anything from 2.5-23 cm (1-9 in) long with spiny fins. These creatures usually live in hiding places on the sea bottom.



  1. ^ Eschmeyer, William N. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Tetrarogidae" in FishBase. December 2012 version.