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Spinous and soft dorsal fins separate; soft dorsal fairly long based; anal fin small,
with 2 spines (most percoids have 3 or more); lateral line continues out to
posterior end of caudal fin (unusual for most percoids); air bladder often with
Dorsal and anal fins set far back on body; dorsal fin with 4 enlarged spines at
front; 5 species, with black saddle markings or spots on dorsal surface; marine
and fresh- waters of Indo-Pacific. Family Ephippidae (spadefishes and batfishes).
The northern blennies are eel-like fishes, but the appearance of their faces and
the aspects of their fins generally resemble those in the tropical blennies.
Superfamily Blennioidea (tropical blennies) All soft, articulated fin rays in the
dorsal, anal ...
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