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Pigfishes and horsefishes
Agriopus torvus - MHNT - ICHT.1995.111.jpg
Congiopodus torvus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Congiopodidae
T. N. Gill, 1889


Congiopodidae is a family of scorpaeniform fishes native to the southern hemisphere, commonly known as pigfishes, horsefishes and racehorses.

Congiopids live on the bottom of shallow temperate and sub-Antarctic seas, at depths of up to 600 metres (2,000 ft). They lack scales, and have a projecting snout with a small mouth.[3]

See also[edit]

List of fish families


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Congiopodidae" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ Honma, Y., Imamura, H. & Kawai, T. (2013): Anatomical description of the genus Perryena, and proposal to erect a new family for it based on its phylogenetic relationships with related taxa (Scorpaeniformes). Ichthyological Research, DOI 10-1007/s10228-012-0321-z
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, William N. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.