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Himantolophids are among the most easily recognized taxa of the suborder: with their globose spiny bodies, short, stout illicia, elaborately decorated escae, and protruding chins covered with numerous wart-like swellings, they can hardly be confused with anything else. One genus, five species groups, and 18 species are currently recognized. Specimens often attain lengths over 40 cm standard length.

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