Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A family of acanthopterygian fishes, represented by the genus Caranx, to which various limits have been assigned. In Gunther's system, a family of Acanthopterygii cottoscombriformes, with the skeleton firm, no bony stay for the preoperculum, teeth conical or triangular if present, the spinous portion of the dorsal present (sometimes rudimentary), the body compressed, oblong or elevated, with 10 abdominal and 14 caudal vertebræ. In this sense it has been used by most European ichthyologists since 1862. It includes fishes which have been distributed by others in the families Carangidæ, Pomatomidæ, Psettidæ, Zanclidæ, Caproidæ, Equulidæ, etc.
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