Australian prowfish

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Not to be confused with Prowfish.
Australian prowfishes
PataecusSubocellatusFord.jpg
Pataecus fronto
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Pataecidae
T. N. Gill, 1872
Genera

Aetapcus
Neopataecus
Pataecus

The Australian prowfishes form a family, Pataecidae, of scorpaeniform fishes. Australian prowfishes are distinguished by a long dorsal fin that begins far forward on the head, forming a "prow" shape, and extends all the way to the caudal fin. They lack scales and pelvic fins.[1]

References[edit]

  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.