Family Trichonotidae 437sanddivers Marine Indo West Pacific

Eye with dorsal iris flap consisting of numerous elongate strands extending over lens; lower jaw projecting beyond upper jaw; anterior rays of dorsal fin in males of at least some species elongated; pelvic fin with one spine and five soft rays; lateral line on midside of body; predorsal bone between first two neural spines; postcleithrum present; lateral line scales with a deep V-shaped notch in the posterior margin.

The families Trichonotidae, Creediidae, and Percophidae may form a monophyletic assemblage.

One genus, Trichonotus, and about eight species (Randall and Tarr, 1994; Clark and Pohle, 1996; Nelson, 2001).

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