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Aulopus purpurissatus.jpg
Sergeant Baker (Latropiscis purpurissatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Aulopiformes
Family: Aulopidae
Cope, 1872

The Aulopidae are a small family of aulopiform fish. They are found in most tropical and subtropical oceans, and are commonly known as flagfins.

The aulopids resemble lizardfishes in appearance, and range up to 60 cm (24 in) in length. They have large dorsal fins, the first ray of which is greatly extended. They are bottom-dwelling fish, living at depths of 1,000 m (3,300 ft).[3]


  1. ^ Gomon, M.F., Struthers, C.D. & Stewart, A.L. (2013): A New Genus and Two New Species of the Family Aulopidae (Aulopiformes), Commonly Referred to as Aulopus, Flagfins, Sergeant Bakers or Threadsails, in Australasian Waters. Species Diversity, 18: 141–161.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Aulopidae" in FishBase. October 2013 version.
  3. ^ Johnson, R.K. & Eschmeyer, W.N. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.