from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A family of hemibranchiate fishes, typified by the genus Centriscus, having a short ovate body with bony plates in front and on the back, the mouth drawn out into a long tubular snout, a small spinous dorsal fin, and the ventrals near the middle of the abdomen with a spine and 7 rays each.
  • A family extended to include not only the true Centriscidæ, but also the Amphisilidæ.


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