Common name: Beaked salmons


A small family of marine fishes with a single genus and five described species found in estuarine to continental shelf waters on the Indo-Pacific. 

Beaked salmons are elongate benthopelagic fishes with a small barbel at the end of a protruding snout, an inferior mouth without teeth, dorsal, anal and pelvic fins positioned posteriorly on the body, and rough ctenoid scales. 

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Dianne J. Bray, Beaked salmons, GONORYNCHIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024,


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