Bembridae

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The deep-water flatheads are a family, the Bembridae, of bottom-dwelling fish. They are thought to be more primitive than their close relatives, the true flatheads. Despite the common name, their heads are only slightly flattened and have spiny ridges.[2] The deep-water flatheads are mainly located in the South China Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the waters near Southern Indonesia and Australia.[3]

References

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Bembridae" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ Eschmeyer, William N. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-12-547665-2.
  3. ^ Imamura, Hisashi; Knapp, Leslie W. (1997). "A new species of deepwater flathead, Bembras adenensis (Scorpaeniformes: Bembridae) from the western Indian Ocean". Ichthyological Research. 44 (1): 9. doi:10.1007/bf02672753. hdl:1834/955. ISSN 1341-8998.
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Bembridae: Brief Summary

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The deep-water flatheads are a family, the Bembridae, of bottom-dwelling fish. They are thought to be more primitive than their close relatives, the true flatheads. Despite the common name, their heads are only slightly flattened and have spiny ridges. The deep-water flatheads are mainly located in the South China Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the waters near Southern Indonesia and Australia.

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Indo-Pacifc from South Africa to Gulf of Aden, Japan, Hawaii and the Nasca Ridge off Peru. Body elongated and cylindrical, covered with ctenoid scales; head moderately depressed; large mouth with fine teeth on jaws, vomer and palatines. Pelvics with one spine and five soft rays, below pectoral base; two dorsal fins well separated; spinous dorsal fin with 9-11 spines, not preceded by an isolated spine. Vertebrae 26-27. Lateral line complete. No swimbladder. Mostly small red fishes occurring in deeper water (150-665 m) than other flatheads.
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