Agonidae


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Agonidae

[ə′gän·ə·dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The poachers, a small family of marine perciform fishes in the suborder Cottoidei.

Agonidae

 

a family of fishes of the suborder Cottoidei of the order Perciformes. Body length, 10–20 cm (sometimes to 40 cm). The body is enclosed in a hard armor consisting of eight longitudinal rows of large bony plates. There are more than 25 genera, with 50 species. The fishes are found primarily in the northern Pacific. Only one endemic genus is known in the north Atlantic, Arctic, and Antarctic oceans. The Agonidae are bottom-dwelling fishes. They usually spawn in the summer and autumn, depositing large, sticky eggs. The fishes feed on benthic invertebrates.

REFERENCE

Nikol’skii, G. V. Chastnaia ikhtiologiia, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1971.
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Some species in the families Agonidae, Cottidae, and Hemitripteridae reproduce by internal gametic association with external fertilization.
bolini can be used to distinguish larvae from sympatric species of the closely related family Agonidae, which may be the sister group of the Hemitripteridae (Yabe 1985).
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Guild I Guild II Species(1) Mud Cobble-mud Mud-pebble Agonidae 121 [186] 65 [-] 228 Eptatretus stouti 77 -- -- Merluccius productus 44 -- -- Microstomus pacificus 150 [499] -- [-] 24 Ophiodon elongatus 13 [-] -- [67] 118 S.