Family Ceratiidae 242seadevils Marine Atlantic Indian and Pacific

Females with two or three rays modified into caruncles (low fleshy appendages) in front of soft dorsal fin; cleft of mouth vertical to strongly oblique; parietals large; mature males feed in parasitic fashion on females; dorsal fin soft rays usually four, rarely five; anal fin rays four; larvae "humpbacked." Maximum length at least 77 cm, up to 1.2 m (Ceratias holboelli). Two genera, Ceratias (3) and the monotypic Cryptopsaras, with four species.

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