A poorly known group of elongate compressed fishes with a lanceolate caudal fin confluent with the long-based dorsal and anal fins, lateral line high on the body near the dorsal-fin base, a large oblique mouth usually with a single row of slender slightly curved teeth on both jaws, cycloid scales with crenulate margins, and the outermost pelvic-fin ray unbranched (four other rays branched).

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