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'Carpe Diem' does not mean 'fish of the day'!

Often the mere sight of Latin combined into pairs of tongue twisting scientific names laid out before the hobbyist will cause them, if unfamiliar with this form of organization, to recoil in horror or at best throw up their hands in exasperation. That said, this form of classification remains the best we have and is often useful in getting the basics right for the care of a certain fish. In an attempt to help, we present here an introductory guide to catfish families. The descending order of this list loosely corresponds to the availability of the species. Notes are given about some of the features used to tell different families apart, click here if you need some help with these anatomical terms. In addition if you're not too sure about classification (terms like family, species, genus etc) click here. For an excellent introduction / overview, check out this article, failing all that, try the glossary.

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1. MOCHOKIDAE
Upside Down Catfish
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Common member of the family mochokidae
2. SILURIDAE
Sheath Catfishes
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Common member of the family siluridae
3. CALLICHTHYIDAE
Armoured Catfishes
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Common member of the family callichthyidae
4. AKYSIDAE
Asian Stream Catfishes
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Common member of the family akysidae
5. AMBLYCIPITIDAE
Loach Catfishes
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Common member of the family amblycipitidae
6. AMPHILIIDAE
African Hillstream Catfishes
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Common member of the family amphiliidae
7. ARIIDAE
Sea Catfishes
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Common member of the family ariidae
8. ASPREDINIDAE
Banjo Catfishes
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Common member of the family aspredinidae
9. ANCHARIIDAE
Madagascan Catfishes
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Common member of the family anchariidae
10. AUCHENIPTERIDAE
Driftwood Catfishes
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Common member of the family auchenipteridae
11. BAGRIDAE
Asian Antennae Catfishes
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Common member of the family bagridae
12. CETOPSIDAE
Whale Catfishes
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Common member of the family cetopsidae
13. CHACIDAE
Frogmouth Catfishes
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Common member of the family chacidae
14. CLARIIDAE
Walking Catfish
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Common member of the family clariidae
15. CLAROTEIDAE
Claroteid Catfishes
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Common member of the family claroteidae
16. CRANOGLANIDIDAE
Armour head Catfish, Chinese Catfish
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Common member of the family cranoglanididae
17. DIPLOMYSTIDAE
Patagonian Catfishes
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Common member of the family diplomystidae
18. DORADIDAE
Talking Catfishes
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Common member of the family doradidae
19. LORICARIIDAE
Suckermouth Armoured Catfishes
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Common member of the family loricariidae
20. HEPTAPTERIDAE
Three-barbeled catfish
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Common member of the family heptapteridae
21. HYPSIDORIDAE

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Common member of the family hypsidoridae
22. ICTALURIDAE
North American Catfishes
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Common member of the family ictaluridae
23. LACANTUNIIDAE
Lacantún catfishes
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Common member of the family lacantuniidae
24. MALAPTERURIDAE
Electric Catfishes
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Common member of the family malapteruridae
25. NEMATOGENYIDAE
Worm Catfishes
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Common member of the family nematogenyidae
26. PANGASIIDAE
Shark Catfishes
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Common member of the family pangasiidae
27. PIMELODIDAE
South American Antennae Catfishes
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Common member of the family pimelodidae
28. PLOTOSIDAE
Eel Tailed Catfish
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Common member of the family plotosidae
29. PSEUDOPIMELODIDAE
Bumblebee Catfish
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Common member of the family pseudopimelodidae
30. SCHILBEIDAE
Schilbe Catfishes
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Common member of the family schilbeidae
31. SCOLOPLACIDAE
Spiny Dwarf Catfishes
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Common member of the family scoloplacidae
32. SISORIDAE
Sisorid Catfishes
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Common member of the family sisoridae
33. TRICHOMYCTERIDAE
Parasitic Catfish
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Common member of the family trichomycteridae
34. ASTROBLEPIDAE
South American Hillstream Catfish
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Common member of the family astroblepidae
35. HORABAGRIDAE

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Common member of the family horabagridae
36. PANTODONTIDAE
Freshwater Butterflyfish
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Common member of the family pantodontidae
37. ANDINICHTHYIDAE

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38. AUSTROGLANIDIDAE
Southern Rock Catfish
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Common member of the family austroglanididae
39. CICHLIDAE
Cichlids
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Common member of the family cichlidae
40. LEBIASINIDAE

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Common member of the family lebiasinidae
41. CRENUCHIDAE

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Common member of the family crenuchidae
42. TETRAGONOPTERIDAE

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43. CHARACIDAE

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Common member of the family characidae
44. ANABLEPIDAE

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Common member of the family anablepidae
45. GOODEIDAE

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Common member of the family goodeidae
46. POECILIIDAE

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Common member of the family poeciliidae
47. ZENARCHOPTERIDAE

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Common member of the family zenarchopteridae
48. MELANOTAENIIDAE

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Common member of the family melanotaeniidae
49. BOTIIDAE

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Common member of the family botiidae
50. ANABANTIDAE

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Common member of the family anabantidae
51. CYPRINIDAE
Carp
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Common member of the family cyprinidae
52. POTAMOTRYGONIDAE
River stingrays
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53. COBITIDAE

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Common member of the family cobitidae
54. NEMACHEILIDAE

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Common member of the family nemacheilidae
55. BALITORIDAE

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Common member of the family balitoridae
56. VAILLANTELLIDAE

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57. GYRINOCHEILIDAE

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Common member of the family gyrinocheilidae
58. PSILORHYNCHIDAE

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Common member of the family psilorhynchidae
59. CHANNIDAE

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Common member of the family channidae
60. OSPHRONEMIDAE

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Common member of the family osphronemidae
61. PROCHILODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family prochilodontidae
62. TETRAODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family tetraodontidae
63. TOXOTIDAE

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Common member of the family toxotidae
64. ELEOTRIDAE

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Common member of the family eleotridae
65. POLYCENTRIDAE

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Common member of the family polycentridae
66. OSTEOGLOSSIDAE

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Common member of the family osteoglossidae
67. NANDIDAE

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Common member of the family nandidae
68. GOBIIDAE

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Common member of the family gobiidae
69. BLENNIIDAE

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Common member of the family blenniidae
70. PTERELEOTRIDAE

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71. BADIDAE

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Common member of the family badidae
72. ESOCIDAE

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Common member of the family esocidae
73. PERCIDAE

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Common member of the family percidae
74. FUNDULIDAE

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Common member of the family fundulidae
75. CENTRARCHIDAE

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Common member of the family centrarchidae
76. CATOSTOMIDAE

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Common member of the family catostomidae
77. AMBASSIDAE

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Common member of the family ambassidae
78. ALESTIDAE

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Common member of the family alestidae
79. APLOCHEILIDAE

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Common member of the family aplocheilidae
80. BEDOTIIDAE

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Common member of the family bedotiidae
81. ATHERINIDAE

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82. POLYPTERIDAE

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Common member of the family polypteridae
83. ANGUILLIDAE

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Common member of the family anguillidae
84. OPHICHTHIDAE

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Common member of the family ophichthidae
85. ANOSTOMIDAE

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Common member of the family anostomidae
86. CHILODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family chilodontidae
87. ADRIANICHTHYIDAE

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Common member of the family adrianichthyidae
88. SERRASALMIDAE
Disc Characins
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Common member of the family serrasalmidae
89. GASTEROPELECIDAE

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Common member of the family gasteropelecidae
90. HELOSTOMATIDAE

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Common member of the family helostomatidae
91. ACESTRORHYNCHIDAE

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Common member of the family acestrorhynchidae
92. APTERONOTIDAE

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Common member of the family apteronotidae
93. TRIPORTHEIDAE

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94. BATRACHOIDIDAE

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Common member of the family batrachoididae
95. STERNOPYGIDAE

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96. HEMIODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family hemiodontidae
97. HYPOPOMIDAE

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98. CURIMATIDAE

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99. CTENOLUCIIDAE

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Common member of the family ctenoluciidae
100. IGUANODECTIDAE

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Common member of the family iguanodectidae
101. CHALCEIDAE

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Common member of the family chalceidae
102. ERYTHRINIDAE

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Common member of the family erythrinidae
103. RHAMPHICHTHYIDAE

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104. GYMNOTIDAE

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Common member of the family gymnotidae
105. CYNODONTIDAE

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106. BELONIDAE

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107. ACHIRIDAE

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108. LEPISOSTEIDAE

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Common member of the family lepisosteidae
109. NOTHOBRANCHIIDAE

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Common member of the family nothobranchiidae
110. CYPRINODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family cyprinodontidae
111. MORMYRIDAE

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Common member of the family mormyridae
112. BRYCONIDAE

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Common member of the family bryconidae
113. RIVULIDAE

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114. NOTOPTERIDAE

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Common member of the family notopteridae
115. DISTICHODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family distichodontidae
116. MASTACEMBELIDAE

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Common member of the family mastacembelidae
117. ACIPENSERIDAE

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118. DATNIOIDIDAE

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Common member of the family datnioididae
119. ELASSOMATIDAE

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120. GASTEROSTEIDAE

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121. MURAENIDAE

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122. HEPSETIDAE

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123. ARAPAIMIDAE

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124. HEMIRAMPHIDAE

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Common member of the family hemiramphidae
125. LEPIDOSIRENIDAE

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126. TELMATHERINIDAE

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127. MONODACTYLIDAE

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128. POLYODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family polyodontidae
129. PROTOPTERIDAE

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130. PSEUDOMUGILIDAE

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131. SALMONIDAE

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132. SCATOPHAGIDAE

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Common member of the family scatophagidae
133. SILLAGINIDAE

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Common member of the family sillaginidae
134. SYNBRANCHIDAE

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Common member of the family synbranchidae
135. TERAPONTIDAE

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Common member of the family terapontidae
136. SYNGNATHIDAE

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Common member of the family syngnathidae
137. PARODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family parodontidae
138. KRYPTOGLANIDAE

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Common member of the family kryptoglanidae
139. PHRACTOLAEMIDAE
Hingemouth
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Common member of the family phractolaemidae
140. MORONIDAE

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Common member of the family moronidae
141. CLUPEIDAE

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Common member of the family clupeidae
142. DASYATIDAE

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Common member of the family dasyatidae
143. CARCHARHINIDAE

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Common member of the family carcharhinidae
144. MURAENESOCIDAE

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Common member of the family muraenesocidae
145. ENGRAULIDAE

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Common member of the family engraulidae
146. SUNDASALANGIDAE

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147. CHANIDAE

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Common member of the family chanidae
148. SYNODONTIDAE

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Common member of the family synodontidae
149. MUGILIDAE

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Common member of the family mugilidae
150. PHALLOSTETHIDAE

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Common member of the family phallostethidae
151. LATIDAE

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Common member of the family latidae
152. SERRANIDAE

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Common member of the family serranidae
153. LEIOGNATHIDAE

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Common member of the family leiognathidae
154. GERREIDAE

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Common member of the family gerreidae
155. HAEMULIDAE

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Common member of the family haemulidae
156. POLYNEMIDAE

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Common member of the family polynemidae
157. SCIAENIDAE

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Common member of the family sciaenidae
158. DREPANEIDAE

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Common member of the family drepaneidae
159. CALLIONYMIDAE

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Common member of the family callionymidae
160. SYNANCEIIDAE

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Common member of the family synanceiidae
161. SIGANIDAE

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Common member of the family siganidae
162. CYNOGLOSSIDAE

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Common member of the family cynoglossidae
163. ELOPIDAE

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Common member of the family elopidae
164. MEGALOPIDAE

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Common member of the family megalopidae
165. SOLEIDAE

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Common member of the family soleidae
166. LUTJANIDAE

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167. AILIIDAE

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Common member of the family ailiidae
168. GASTROMYZONTIDAE

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Common member of the family gastromyzontidae
169. SERPENTICOBITIDAE

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Common member of the family serpenticobitidae
170. CYNOLEBIIDAE

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Common member of the family cynolebiidae
171. PHREATOBIIDAE

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Common member of the family phreatobiidae
172. PRISTOLEPIDIDAE

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Common member of the family pristolepididae
173. MICRODESMIDAE

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Common member of the family microdesmidae
174. ASTEPHIDAE

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Common member of the family astephidae
175. PROCATOPODIDAE

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Common member of the family procatopodidae
176. PANTANODONTIDAE

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177. FLUVIPHYLACIDAE

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