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Of the Antarctic fish fauna, approximately 75 percent belong to the Perciformes.
These include the icefishes (Chaenichthyidae), known for their "bloodless"
appearance, which results from the lack or near lack of red blood cells and blood
All of the features distinguishing the order Perciformes are found in the fishes of
the most generalized group, the suborder Percoidei, which contains the sea
basses, sun- fishes, perches, and fishes of many other families. As the subordinal
Support for retaining the Atheri- nidae in order Perciformes and for other
differences in the order Perciformes has been given by an American ichthyologist
, W.A. Gosline, in a series of papers published between 1962 and 1971.
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