Family Caracanthidae - Orbicular velvetfishes
No. in FishBase
Genera : 0 | Species : 0 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  First Fossil Record
Move to subfamily rank in Scorpaenidae (Shinohara & Imamura, 2005). Distribution: Indian and Pacific Oceans. Oval and strongly compressed body; papilose. Small mouth; terminal. Dorsal fin single; notched, with origin on nape. Spines in dorsal fin 6-8; soft rays 11-14. Extremely small pelvic fins. Pelvic spine 1; soft rays usually 2. Pectoral fins with 12-15 rays. Anal fin spines 2; soft rays 11-14. Gill openings lateral. Described as scaleless, but scales reportedly found below the dorsal fin base, the dorsal surface of the head with minute scales bearing a spine, and tubelike scales on the lateral line. Feed on small invertebrates and wedge themselves tightly among coral branches. Maximum length recorded 7 cm. Based on anatomical characters (osteological and myological), Caracanthidae is synonymized with Scorpaenidae (Ref. 56620).
Greek, kara = face + Greek, akantha = thorn ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
  Typical activity level
  Main Ref.
  Deep Fin Classification

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Caracanthidae as currently in FishBase

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