from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ichthyology: In Cuvier's system of classification, the sixth family of acanthopterygian fishes: so called because the soft and frequently the spinous parts of their dorsal and anal fins are covered with scales, which render it difficult to distinguish them from the body. In Günther's system, a family of Acanthopterygii perciformes, nearly the same as , but without the Zanclidæ, Platacidæ, Psettidæ, Bramidæ, Pempherididæ, and typical Pimelepteridæ.


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