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The ceratioid family Ceratiidae contains relatively elongate, large-sized anglerfishes, easily separated from members of allied families by having the cleft of the mouth vertical to strongly oblique, the posterior end of the pterygiophore of the illicium emerging from the dorsal midline of the trunk, and two or three caruncles on the back just anterior to the origin of the soft-dorsal fin. The family consists of two genera, Ceratias Kröyer and Cryptopsaras Gill, and four species. The genus Ceratias is one of the commonest and best-known representatives of the lophiiform suborder Ceratioidei, now represented by over 260 metamorphosed females.

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