Family Dinolestidae 357longfinned pikes Marine southern Australia

Body shape much like Sphyraena; lower jaw extending beyond upper jaw; vomer and palatine with teeth, some teeth in mouth caninelike; head, including maxilla, snout, and occiput covered with scales; axillary scale at pelvic base; dorsal fins widely separated, first with four or five visible spines, second with one short spine and 17-19 soft rays; anal fin with one short spine and 25-28 soft rays; lateral line scales about 63-70, cycloid; lateral line continuing onto caudal fin; vertebrae 27 (10 + 17). Maximum length about 80 cm TL. One species, Dinolestes lewini (Last et al., 1983; Paxton et al., 1989).

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